Divine Authority: It’s About Love, Not Ambition!

Weekly Missionary Reflection
Sunday, 30 May 2021
Feast Of The Holy Trinity

Deu. 4:32-34,39-40; Ps. 33:4-5,6,9,18-19,20,22; Rome 8:14-17; Mat. 28:16-20

“The Great Commission”, that is the common term for this text, a term that stresses more on its message. But actually Matthew put more focus on the Giver of this message. It is Jesus’ identity that becomes the main focus. First, Jesus got the authority from the Father. Jesus Himself affirmed this: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (v. 18). Jesus, the obedient Son, is risen by God and has got full authority from God on the heaven and earth. The Father had given that authority through the Holy Spirit who came upon Jesus when He was baptised. He also taught and drove out the demons “by the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 12:28). After the resurrection, that authority is affirmed and spreaded. The Father shares His authority with the Son. This is the reason why this scene happened on a mount: a common setting related with Divine Power (as in the Transfiguration) and the teaching authority (as in the Sermon On The Mount).

Second, Jesus is always with His people. In a beautiful way Matthew ended his Gospel with Jesus’ last word: “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (v. 20). Before His birth, it had been prophesied that Jesus is the “Immanuel”, God is with us (1:23). The Son is God’s presence among His Church. He is God’s shekinah among His people. He is always with His Church forever. That’s why the Gospel of Matthew does not have the story about Jesus ascending to Heaven. Jesus has to stay with His disciples, going on pilgrimage with them forever.

Third, Jesus empowered His disciples. Divine authority is related to love not power. Thus, the authority is always shared. The Father shares it with the Son, the Son shares it with His disciples. By this way, the disciples’ mission is rooted and flows from Jesus’ authority.The essence of their mission is the same as their previous calling. As they have become disciples, so do they have to “make disciple” to others. Their main task in mission is to make others as Jesus’ followers: who experience His calling, follow and involve in His mission: preaching the Gospel, teaching and healing.

The mission was started in Galilee, where the Lord “found” and called them. True mission is always rooted from the real context and the encounter with Jesus. Pay attention to the number of disciples: only eleven left. The group of twelve is no more complete! This is a sign that our mission will not always be perfect. Betrayal and failure will be blocking our way. In front of the risen Jesus, the attitude of the eleven disciples was not perfect either, some worshipped, some had doubt. It is old story that will always remain real. We sometimes worship Him, but sometimes we doubt on Him. Weed and wheat always grow together, in the church and on each of us. This does not deter us from making all people “His disciple”. Why? For Jesus Himself is the first one who “comes to us” (v. 18). He shares His authority and power to all His disciples, the fragile and faithful, the worshiper and the doubter. And apart from that, He gives His promise “to be” with us. Forever!

(Hortensio Mandaru – Indonesia Bible Society, Jakarta)


Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.

Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:

For Evangelization intention:
The Finance: Let us pray for those who are working in Finance Dept. in order to cooperate with the government to manage the finance and protect the people from danger. We pray …

For Indonesian Churches intention:
For labors: May the government and entrepreneurs find a way to overcome the crisis of unemployment and do their best to prevent layoff. We pray …

Special Intention for the year of St. Joseph:
Please send St. Joseph as the patron saint for our labors, so they can perform their task in the family and society, and find happiness in their job. We pray…


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