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Gospel Reflections Download newsletter [Matthew 28:16-20]

On a superficial level this gospel reading seems chosen because of the trinitarian baptismal formula. It is the only time this formula comes in the scripture, and it is remarkable that the trinitarian liturgical formula was already developed while the New Testament was being written. At a deeper level this reading of the final five verses of Matthew gives a wonderful trinitarian view of the work of salvation. The words of the Risen Christ, ‘all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’, are reminiscent of the vision of the exalted Son of Man in Daniel, who comes to the One of Great Age, seated on his throne, and receives from him all power on earth. Only Christ receives all power in heaven too, as ‘the Son of God in power’. In this power he sends out his disciples, promising his divine presence always. The promise of Christ’s divine presence in his Church now (delivered at the end of Matthew’s gospel) balances the promise at the beginning of the gospel when the angel declares that the name of the child to be born to Mary is Emmanuel: Emmanuel means ‘God with us’. So the permanent presence of Christ is the message of the whole gospel.
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