Jesus said, “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
But, do we really believe that? Since preschool, I have continually heard that message: “God is with you. God is always with you!” My faith told me so. My weekly catechism teacher taught me so. And so, it was embedded in my mind. And still, sometimes I forget, and sometimes I don’t really feel that truth. But when I am still, when I am quiet, when I spend time in prayer, I am reminded yet again, and I trust, and I believe that that is the case. And so, I ask myself, “If I truly believe that God is with me until the end of the age” and that I will never, ever, be left apart from my God, then why do I fear?
Specifically, what keeps me from speaking out in moments when I am witnessing injustice? When did I cling to fear and self-doubt, instead of recalling that the God of Justice, Jesus my Comforter, and the Holy Spirit are with me and empowering me at every moment, especially in moments rooted in love and living out the Gospel?
As Jesus was gathered with his disciples on that holy mountain, he said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” And yet, he didn’t say how. That part, I believe, is up to each one of us. Perhaps for you it is through having much-needed conversations centered on faith, or advocating for equity and inclusion to make space where everyone feels that they belong, or simply by being present to others as a living sign of solidarity and accompaniment.
In moments when we feel faint or discouraged, may we be disciples of peace and justice, calling upon the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to guide us in our thoughts, words, actions, and in our hearts. And, without hesitation, without doubt, without fear, may we answer the call and “Go.”
Crystal Catalan serves as the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Presentation High School in San Jose, CA. She holds degrees from the University of San Diego and Eastern University, and previously served as a missioner with Cabrini Mission Corps in New York, the Philippines, Swaziland, and Radnor, PA at Cabrini University. She recently graduated with a masters in pastoral ministries with an emphasis in restorative justice and chaplaincy at Santa Clara University.