Jesus left us with a very powerful promise, “I am with you always until end of the age.” It is a promise that the apostles needed to hear before Jesus returned to the right hand of his Father in heaven. It was now the time for them to carry on the mission, going forth and sharing the Good News of salvation to the four corners of the earth. It is a promise that all of us need to hear as we continue the mission in a broken and very fragile world.
We must keep in mind that the promise of Jesus does not guarantee a trouble free life, or even success in life. However, it is a promise that guarantees that, with the presence of the Lord Jesus, the apostles, and us, would have the courage and strength to face whatever difficulties lie ahead.
A sense of the presence of the Risen Lord with us does not change the world for us. We don’t ask God to change the world to make life easier for us. We ask God only to assure us that he will be with us as we face some difficult situation. God’s closeness protects us against a sense of abandonment and despair.
Down through the ages, the followers of Jesus have not always behaved as Christians should. There have been bitter quarrels among them, with the result that the Body of Christ is splintered. However, in spite of the failings of Jesus’ followers and many awful persecutions done in the name of Christ, the Gospel has been handed down to us over the past two thousand years. The explanation for this surely lies in the promise of Jesus, “I am with you always.”
God is always with us but we are not always with God. Our busy lives cause us to get disconnected from God. We need to cultivate a sense of the presence of the Risen Lord in our life, in our Church, and in our world, and nourish this through time spent in prayer.
Today, as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity, as the persons of the Trinity are one, we are one with God and with one another. May we call to mind each day the promise of Jesus, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
— Fr. Dennis, May 27, 2018