The Gospel for Today
Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.
Reflection (Sem. Herwyn Bulaun)
During our Baptism through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we share the threefold mission of Christ: priestly, prophetic, and kingly. In today’s Gospel, we are particularly called to the prophetic mission of Christ. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we partake in the mission of proclaiming the Gospel. We become responsible to know the Gospel of Christ and how in our unique and humble way we can proclaim this to others.
Some communication experts say that “action speaks louder than words.” I believe this is also true with our responsibility as baptized Christians in spreading the Gospel to others. Our lives first of all should be aligned to the teachings of Christ. We do not need to go very far. We can start primarily within our family. Our family should live a life of prayerfulness by regularly attending the Sunday Mass and other obligatory celebrations in the Church. Our relationship within the family should also be patterned in the lives of the human family of Christ in Nazareth. All these will manifest in the way we relate with the people on our community. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, the people around us, though we are unconscious of it, will see Christ in us.
I believe the Gospel challenges us to continue to be bearers of Christ’s Words, despite the secularization of the world and the search of many people for a much easier way of doing things to the point of compromising their morals, until we see the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.