TrinityB21. Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40. Moses is calling upon the Hebrews to be captivated by how deeply God has embraced them as His People! He is their God; they are his People! This is the Lord, the “God in the heavens above and on earth below.” “There is no other.” They have been adopted by him; chosen out of the midst of many other nations.
Matthew 28:16-20. In Matthew’s gospel the mountain is the height to which one goes up to meet God who comes down to his people. How is it that they worshipped Jesus whom they met there but doubted at the same time? My personal interpretation is that they were feeling lost as to where they were to proceed as Apostles from then on. Jesus clears that up by sending them out to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Trinitarian God and teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded. To be a disciple of Christ means to always follow Christ who is present in our lives through the power of the Spirit. Baptism is the washing away of all that is not of God so that we belong to God wholly so to become holy. And then Jesus promises “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” In Matthew’s gospel Jesus refers to the ‘end’ or the ‘end of the age’ or when “the Son of Man will come” as a way of referring to his Second Coming as King and Judge of the world at the end of time. Although Jesus is not now present physically as he was before the Ascension, he is now present spiritually empowering and directing us through the Holy Spirit to bring the world to him.
Romans 8:14-17. “Brothers and sisters: Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Through the day, each day, we must choose to be led by our bodies, the influence of the world around us and the devil OR by the Holy Spirit. If we choose to follow the Spirit out of the power that the Spirit gives us to break free from the hold of all those forces that are not of the Spirit, we then become “children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” It is not easy to break free from the forces of this world. To follow Christ will cause us suffering but, nonetheless, lead us to “also be glorified with him.”