We live in strange times. We know now that for many the question of what constitutes truth is debatable. What people choose to believe has become much more subjective, not necessarily related to objective facts. Rather, our combined beliefs and political point of view may dictate what we believe to be true.
We are not alone. In today’s gospel the disciples travel from Jerusalem as instructed by Jesus. On the mountaintop they see the risen Lord again for the umpteenth time. But the text tells us that though they worshiped him, some still doubted. In face of the fact of Jesus actual presence, how could that be? Yet it was so. The good news is that it doesn’t matter. Jesus ignores their inability to believe. They showed up, doubts and all, and worshiped him. That’s enough for him to go on. Ignoring their hesitations completely, He commissions them to make disciples of all nations. They are to go forth empowered by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit fully behind them.
This is lucky for us because it means that we don’t need to be perfect in faith and trust or meet any other standard of perfection in order for God to choose us for God’s work in the world. This is a love that transcends our incapacities. God will continue working in and around us to bring forth his Kingdom.