Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority 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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)

The Great Commission cited above concludes the Gospel according to Matthew with the promise that Jesus will be with us “always, to the end of the age.” In essence, this promise surpasses the fidelity of our earthly, finite marriage vows with the infinite value of God’s covenantal love. The “divine consent” to be with us in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, goes beyond aspiration into immutable truth. We are assured that wherever we go in the world, and by whatever means, we will have God at our side, and, indeed, within us. This reality extends to all gathering places including the physical locations of our employment.

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