Do you have doubts? Me too. We all do about one thing or another. Why is that? Did you know that the very first thing Satan said in the Book of Genesis was intended to create doubt? He said to Eve, "Did God really say?" Doubt has been a part of our common human condition since the beginning of time. We read about doubt throughout the Bible. In the New Testament, we frequently read about the disciples' doubt. In this week's Gospel, it appears at a significant moment in time.
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." Matthew 28:16-20
In this case, the disciples' doubt occurs concurrently with their worship. How is that possible? When the resurrected Jesus appears their first response is to worship Him. And then they doubt. Jesus' response to their worship and doubt? As God, He commissions them to "go" and do for God. Then Jesus concludes with a statement that leaves no doubt. "And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
Doubt originated in the Garden of Eden. Doubt is the human part of our relationship with God. But as we see here in Jesus' concluding statement, there is no doubt in God. He is always and forever with us. If we are honest with ourselves, it is natural to doubt that things are going to work out the way we want. What do we do with our doubts? We must rely on the words of Jesus, "I am with you always, until the end of the age." That leaves no doubt!