Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Reflection: Mark 16:15-18

Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle - Feast - Mark 16:15-18

In today’s gospel passage, Jesus appears to the eleven apostles.  He instructs them, “Go forth into the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature!”   Jesus then adds, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved and whoever does not believe will be condemned.”  Then he tells the apostles that they will be able to perform extraordinary signs.  They will preach in his name.  They will drive out demons.  They will speak new languages, pick up serpents, and drink poison, but not be harmed.   Additionally, they will have ability to heal anyone who is sick.

Today Jesus speaks those same words to us.   He also calls us to proclaim the good news to everyone we meet.  We may do it through our words and our actions.   Maybe our care and attention to individuals will heal them of their loneliness.  Perhaps by noticing the individual and engaging in conversation with them, their “demon” may no longer have such great power over them.
Today Jesus calls us to “proclaim the good news.”  Will we answer his call?

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