As the disciples return praising God for the power they used in the name of Jesus, the Lord reveals this power as the fulfillment of God’s plan for salvation history. Our task today? To continue to let Jesus work through the daily offering of our lives.
As Jesus extends his authority to the disciples, we discover that the Church – the successor of these same disciples – has been given an opportunity and a responsibility to carry out the Lord’s Mission today.
The question Jesus poses to the disciples pertains also to us. Our response – like that of the disciples – configures our words and actions as we live out our conviction that he is the Messiah…the Savior…the Lord.
Jesus gives power and authority to the disciples to carry on his saving work as they place their trust in him. Following their example we, too, have an opportunity to carry on the mission of the Lord as we offer our lives guided by God’s grace.
The readings all reveal different ways our faith interacts with everyday life. Rather than create a false separation, we have a daily opportunity to live our faith in our normal circumstances…so that when people see us, they see Jesus Christ shining through.