Most of the powerful sellers, like Amazon and Walmart, will automatically follow up a sale with a request for an evaluation. They’ll pose questions like “How was the buying process?” or “What rating do you give the product?” The same holds for doctors and hospitals, in which they ask, “How was the visit?” “Did you have a reasonable waiting time to see the doctor?” “Were the facilities clean?” Both groups really want your answers, and they make policy decisions based on them. They want to use their power to promote the company or the practice as the case may be.

Today’s gospel gives the one instance in which Jesus declares His power. Note, please, that He claims, “all power,” and not just some. A real uplift for people who fear that evil seems to be overwhelming us.

But more importantly is Our Lord’s unstated but obvious positive evaluation of the eleven men before Him, followed by what the Scripture scholars rightly declare as “The Great Commission.” Go, baptize, teach all that I have commanded you.”

When these chosen men were nearing their deaths, they chose successors for the mission, whom today we call the pope and the bishops.

They in turn have reminded us, particularly since the time of Pope Pius XII beginning in the fifties, that the laypeople in the Church have a special part in the task, by reason of their baptism. They teach by word and action about dogmas like the Holy Trinity. That can be done from the start by teaching the words and gestures involved in making the Sign of the Cross, especially when entering the church building and before all meals.

Whenever we falter or have doubts and fears about going about this task imposed by our baptism into the Church community, we need only recall Christ’s words recounted today: “I am with you always.”

One added note of incentive: we also will be evaluated someday by God Himself on how we obeyed His command and for how long. Yes, a bit scary. But mostly motivation for any of us who are in weakness may not bother because we are ashamed, or lazy or lack motivation.

The story has been told about a frog who fell into a large pothole and couldn’t get out. Even his friends couldn’t get him to muster enough strength to jump out of the pothole. They gave him up to his fate. But the next day they saw him bounding around just fine. Somehow, he made it out, and so they asked him how he did it, adding, “We thought you couldn’t get out.” The frog replied, “I couldn’t, but a truck came along, and I had to.”

God love you, and give you His strength.