Go, Make Disciples Synod 2011 Solemn Context


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Go, Make Disciples

  • Synod 2011




Solemn Context

  • It is the Risen Jesus who speaks;

  • He speaks to his disciples;

  • It is the only appearance to disciples in Mt;

  • It occurs on a mountain in Galilee to which Jesus directed them;

  • It is the final scene, and climax, of the Gospel;

  • Some of the disciples had doubted the resurrection;

  • It is a biblical “farewell discourse”.



All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.

  • All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Mt 11:27. Luke 10:22



Go, Make Disciples

  • The imperative is to make disciples;

  • Disciple: used frequently 70 times;

  • Refers to those who follow Jesus;

  • Disciples of Jesus;

  • Make others what you are!

  • Witness – Luke;

  • Passion / zeal;

  • Make this central to one’s life.



All nations

  • Behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the nations. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will any one hear his voice in the streets; he will not break a bruised reed or quench a smouldering wick, till he brings justice to victory and in his name will the nations hope. Mt 12:18ff Is 42:1-4



baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

  • Baptism of Jesus: He will baptise you in the Spirit and in fire Mt 8:13

  • Paul: incorporation into the death and resurrection of Jesus: the Risen Lord;

  • Sharing the life of the Trinity;

  • Rediscovery of Baptism: Vatican ll.



teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you;

  • Discipleship is baptism and living according to the teaching of Jesus.

  • Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord”. Shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of the Father who is in heaven. Mt 7:21-22

  • Why do you call me “Lord Lord”, and not do what I tell you. Lk 6:46

  • Commandments / virtues / will of God.



and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.

  • I will not leave you desolate, I will come to you…if a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Jn 14:18,23

  • The Spirit: the presence of Jesus.

  • Presence in the NT / OT.

  • The fish: Evelyn Underhill.





Being Catholic

  • We have the numbers to influence our society: 5,000,000????

  • But we don’t have a proportionate influence.

  • Most are more influenced by the world than by us: by the pressures on them rather than their own faith commitment.

  • This is true even within our diocese.

  • Are our parishes, organisations really Catholic?



Catholic Identity








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