Always with us

Seventh Sunday of Easter

This week’s Gospel passage features a fundamental point. “Go and make disciples of all nations” – Jesus says, and he directs these words to all of us. Thus we are all given the call to “evangelise”, that is, to witness Jesus and to bring His spirit to each person that we encounter. The question is, how exactly can we make disciples of all nations? In our secular time in particular, what can we do in order to truly be ‘fishers of men’ – how can we be bridges that guide others to our Lord?

Perhaps the first thing we need to keep in mind is Jesus’ promise that he will be “with us always, to the very end of the age”. We need to remember this, especially during times that feel and appear dire. Jesus is with us still, and it is his presence in particular – and that of the Holy Spirit – that can precisely help us be bridges and evangelisers.

Evangelising doesn’t mean knocking on doors and talking to people about Christ.  It doesn’t mean grabbing a megaphone and inviting people to “convert”, as we sometimes see individuals do in the street. Rather, true evangelising requires much more subtlety.  We need to understand that there are different ways of evangelising and that, sometimes, to evangelise strictly requires us to not “mention” the words “Jesus or God”. This is because, sometimes evangelising is mainly done through our being a witness and through our behaviour. Sometimes, the most authentic way to show Jesus is to live and be like Him in our personhood. This requires us to be temples of the Holy Spirit; it requires us to live a life of prayer and of sincere communion with the Trinity. Think of Mother Theresa – very often it was her love that brought God to others, not her speech about Him!

With this in mind, we need to also recall Peter 3:15, “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”. Another important aspect of evangelising is our being able to provide explanations and reasons as to why we believe and have faith. Naturally, this all depends on our journey with God – but it is very important to be able to give reasonable answers to those who ask us why we are Christians. This, in a sense, is another way of being a witness – and it is especially needed in our culture – since there are many who are not believers, and who therefore need to see the reasonability of our faith. Here, our reasons can range from scientific ones to personal ones, and even to more philosophical and scriptural ones. Our God is a God of knowledge too – so it would be helpful for us to understand how the sciences and our faith relate. One can for example consult some of the major contemporary scientists on this matter – such as Robert Spitzer, Seymore Garte, and Yoav Vaknin. All three are Catholic and beautifully show how science and faith go hand in hand.

Finally, a point regarding the journey which we are together walking towards – Pentecost. We are still in the period of Easter. We are celebrating Christ risen and are revelling in the joy and peace that His presence brings. And as we do all this, we are called to live lives that open us more to the third person of the Trinity – the Holy Spirit – the “bearer of truth”, as Jesus refers to him. Without the Spirit, the sacraments wouldn’t be possible – and our capacity to have faith would not be possible either! So let us try to be more open to the Spirit, let us pray for His gifts so that we may become better witnesses and, as a result, better evangelisers:

You are the salt of the earth! You are the light of the world! See to it that the people are edified by your example, by the purity of your lives, by the moderation of your conduct, and the brilliance of your holiness! – Pope St. Pius V.

A reading from the Gospel of Matthew (28:16-20)

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.

The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

  1. Read the Gospel story so that you are familiar with it.
  2. Reflect on what the Gospel story is saying to you. Which points would you highlight and why?
  3. Take a moment to reflect on how you can – in different ways – be a better witness. How can you better adapt to the needs of those around you?
  4. Take a moment to remember that we cannot be like Jesus without the help of the Holy Spirit. W therefore need pray and ask for the “grace” of his gifts. We need to try to live a life of love and even of knowledge of our faith.
  5. Take and moment to read here.
  6. Together with your family find the right time to read this Gospel. The environment helps, so before you start, prepare;
    i. The Bible reading from  St Matthew (Mt 28:16-20)
    ii. a candle
    iii. Cover the table with a green cloth
    iv. A computer/laptop with the reading and clips
  7. Go through the steps with your children (2 age groups are being suggested).
  8. Feel free to adapt to your situation
  9. Be creative 😊 
  10. Go to the Prayer Corner section to continue praying as a family. 

Before ascending to heaven, Jesus gave the apostles important instructions: that is, to announce the gospel to all people and to invite them to become followers of Jesus.

  • To go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • Whiteboard marker
  • Whiteboard

Get the children talking and engaged. Ask them: have you ever been to another country? If so, what was it like? And if you’ve never been to another country, where would you most like to visit?

Today, we’re going to learn about some of the final things that Jesus told his disciples while he was on the earth (i.e., note, this has to do with everyone on earth, not just the people in his time)! Share the video.

After the video, play the following quiz/ask the following questions:
What were the three things Jesus told his disciples to do in the Great Commission?

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them.

Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem until what happened?

The Holy Spirit would come to them.

What happened to Jesus right after he said this to the disciples?

He ascended, or went up into heaven.

Who was standing there next to the disciples as they were watching Jesus go up?

Two angels.

What did they tell the disciples?

That Jesus had gone to heaven, but that one day he would return again just like he went.

Finally, outline that in this story, we learn about what Jesus told his disciples right before he left the earth. He commanded them to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and telling them about the “good news” (i.e., his Resurrection and selfless love to all). 

We need to ask ourselves: are we a disciple of Jesus? Do we follow him? Most of all, are we a witness of Jesus – telling others about him and living like Him? Let us pray so that we may all become better witnesses!

Sign of the Cross 

Dear Jesus, you have placed people in our lives on purpose. Help us share our faith with our neighbours, our family members, teachers, and friends. And help us always be respectful when doing so. 


Before His Ascension, Jesus gave us an important task: to go to “all the world” and spread the Gospel to others.

  • That sharing the Good News is not a chore, but a blessing!
  • Whiteboard marker
  • Whiteboard

Ask: Can you think of some people who need to hear some good news? In other words, if you had good news, who might be the first person/s you’d share it with? Provide some time for the children to express themselves. 

After the above, explain that right before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He gave the disciples an important task. This was not just a job for the disciples, but for all people in all times (which means it is a job for us too)! Listen to the following words of Jesus, and reflect upon what they might mean for you: (show the children this video).

So, Jesus asks us to do an important thing here. He asks us to help others become disciples too! Here, we need to ask the question: how can we do this? 

Outline that there are different ways to show Jesus to others. One way is to show him through our behaviour and our love toward all people. But in addition to this, apart from demonstrating genuine care for one another, we can also speak to others about our personal relationship with Jesus, and about the reasons on “why” we have faith! This way others can understand better who Jesus is and about what it means to be a “Christian”. Indeed, explaining to others about why we believe might help them be more open to exploring our religion.

Finally, in light of all this, let us not forget that the Holy Spirit helps us when we feel nervous about sharing the Gospel. And in fact we are walking toward Pentecost together! So let us try to pray more, to go to mass more frequently, to perhaps watch films about Jesus, or try to be more loving with all those around us. All these acts help us become better “temples” of the Holy spirit!

Ultimately, let us remember that even if God doesn’t call us to go abroad (i.e., as he calls “missionaries”, for example), He still calls us to make disciples of all nations. We don’t have to travel far to make disciples. We have our neighbours, colleagues at work, and even family members who are yet to receive the gospel and become followers of Jesus!

Sign of the Cross

Dear Father, we pray that all our friends and family members get to discover you and your personal love for them. Please help us to do all we can to help others become disciples of yours. Help us be more open to the Holy Spirit, as the apostles and Mother Mary were! Amen.

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