ORDINARY TIME: TRINITY SUNDAY [B] — Missionary Mandate of Christ’s Disciples—Faith Known

MATTHEW 28, 16-20      

16  Meanwhile the eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them.

17  When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated.

18  Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

19  Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28, 16-20 Christ's Great Commission Art Source: omsc.org

Matthew 28, 16-20
Christ’s Great Commission
Art Source: omsc.org

20  and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’

New Jerusalem Bible  

Doubleday 1984 







In catechizing adults, adolescents, and children

themes may be generated from the

gospel passage

correlated to texts from

the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC].

Key themes include:

  • Vocation of humans: to know and love God
  • Tradition and Sacred Scripture rooted in abiding presence of Christ
  • Baptismal profession of faith in the Trinity
  • The mystery of Christ’s glorified body
  • The Church’s missionary mandate
  • Sacraments of initiation
  • Persevering in prayer assured of Christ’s presence 


Mat 28, 19-20  >  CCC 1-2

To know and love God — God in his infinite goodness draws close to humans calling them to seek him, to know him, and to love him with all their strength. … So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, and gave them the Great Commission [Mat 28, 19-20].


Mat 28, 20  >  CCC 80

The Transmission of Divine Revelation

Tradition and Sacred Scripture: one common source — Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture … are bound closely together, and communicate one with the other. … Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ, who promised to remain with his own “always, to the close of the age.”

Mat 28, 19  >  CCC 189

The Profession of the Christian Faith

The first “profession of faith” — This is made during Baptism. The symbol of faith is first and foremost the baptismal creed.  Since Baptism is given “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” the truths of faith professed during Baptism are articulated in terms of their reference to the three persons of the Holy Trinity.

Mat 28, 19  >  CCC 232

I Believe in God the Father

“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” — Christians are baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  Before receiving the sacrament, they respond to a three-part question when asked to confess the Father, the Son and the Spirit: “I do.”  As noted by St Caesarius of Arles, “The faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity.”

I believe in Jesus Christ … He Descended … He Rose Again

Mat 28, 17  >  CCC 644

The appearances of the Risen One – Even when faced with the reality of the risen Jesus the disciples are still doubtful, so impossible did the thing seem. St Matthew relates that during the risen Lord’s last appearance in Galilee “some hesitated.”  Therefore, the hypothesis that the Resurrection was produced by the apostles’ faith — or credulity — will not hold up.  In fact, their faith in the Resurrection was born, under the action of divine grace, from their direct experience of the reality of the risen Jesus.

Mat 28, 16-17  >  CCC 645

The condition of Christ’s risen humanity – By means of touch and the sharing of a meal, the risen Jesus establishes direct contact with the disciples. … Yet at the same time this authentic, real body possesses the new properties of a glorious body.  This glorified body is not limited by space and time.  It is able to be present how and when he wills, for Christ’s humanity can no longer be confined to earth, and belongs henceforth only to the Father’s divine realm.

I believe in the Holy Catholic Church

Mat 28, 20  >  CCC 788

The Church is communion with Jesus – When his visible presence was taken from them, Jesus did not leave his disciples orphans; he sent them his Spirit. By communicating his Spirit, Christ mystically constitutes as his body those brothers of his who are called together from every nation.

Mat 28, 19-20  >  CCC 849

The Church is Catholic: Mission is a requirement of the Church’s catholicity, the missionary mandate – The Church has been divinely sent to the nations that she might be “the universal sacrament of salvation.”  In obedience to the command of her founder and because it is demanded by her own essential nature of being universal, strives to preach the Gospel to all nations.


Paschal Mystery in the Church’s Sacraments

Mat 28, 18  >  CCC 1120

The Sacraments of the Church – The ordained priesthood guarantees that it really is Christ who acts in the sacraments through the Holy Spirit for the Church. The saving mission entrusted by the Father to his incarnate Son was committed to the apostles and through them to their successors: the ordained minister is the sacramental bond that ties the liturgical action to what the apostles actions and, through them, to the words and actions of Christ, the source and foundation of the sacraments.

Mat 28, 19  >  CCC 1122

The Sacraments of Faith — Christ sent his apostles so that “repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations.” “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  The mission to baptize, and so the sacramental mission, is implied in the mission to evangelize, because the sacrament is prepared for by the word of God and by the faith which is assent to this word.

Mat 28, 19-20  >  CCC 1223, 1276

The Sacraments of Christian Initiation

Baptism in the Economy of Salvation: Christ’s Baptism –All the Old Covenant prefigurations find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus.  He begins his public life after having himself baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan.  After his resurrection Christ gives this mission to his apostles: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”


Mat 28, 19  >  CCC 2156

The Second Commandment

The Christian Name — The sacrament of Baptism is conferred “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  In Baptism, the Lord’s name sanctifies man, and the Christian receives his name in the Church.


Mat 28, 20  >  CCC 2743

The Battle of Prayer

Persevering in prayer — It is always possible to pray. The time of the Christian is that of the risen Christ who is with us always, no matter what tempests may arise.  Our time is in the hands of God.

Resource consulted

Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Burns & Oates 2006.


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As we celebrate and proclaim on Trinity Sunday

the Great Commission of Jesus Christ     

Christ's Great Commission  Art Source: ocarm.org

Christ’s Great Commission
Art Source: ocarm.org




what have I done so far to respond to that mandate?


what change is asked of me at this point of my life?