Matthew 28:16-20 – Trinity Sunday & 1st Sunday of Ordinary Time â€“ for Sunday, June 15, 2014
â€œWhen they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.â€ (Matthew 28:17)
How did Jesus feel about giving that instruction? Or what did Jesus think about the glaring absence of Judas, the traitor who made the twelve become eleven? Was he confident or nervous about Peterâ€™s leadership? We donâ€™t know, for hereâ€”as elsewhereâ€”the Gospel writer doesnâ€™t share much about Jesusâ€™ interior thoughts. Frequently, the faithful reader only knows Jesusâ€™ spoken words. Maybe Jesusâ€™ silence could be called the Gospelsâ€™ great omission?
But we do know something about â€œthe elevenâ€ at the end of Matthew.
They worshiped Jesus. The ancient Greek could also be translated as â€œbowed.â€ Whether itâ€™s translated into English as the more emotionally charged worship or the physical action of bowing, all of the disciples apparently participated in this final response to the risen Christ.
Along with worshiping/bowing, some of Jesusâ€™ inner circleâ€”maybe ten of the eleven, maybe only oneâ€”felt . . . doubt.
All worshiped, some doubted. Continue reading →