I almost didn't read the end of Matthew today because I was thinking, When I feel the way I do right now, I need something comforting and uplifting, not something that focuses on death and pain.
That just goes to show you my need for spiritual growth! What could be more comforting than the proof that Jesus loves me and will always be with me than what I read in the final chapters of Matthew's gospel:
Jesus died my death on the cross.
Jesus called His unfaithful disciples "my brethren".
Jesus rose from the dead, completing redemption, defeating death and satisfying our Holy Father.
Jesus promised to be with His children in all that He has called them to do.
What could be more comforting that all that?