And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Mark the evangelist. The Gospel of Mark concludes with words of mission for all followers of Christ, words that we might hear anew in this way:
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Be authentic so that the words you preach and the actions you take may be received as Good News.
These signs will accompany those who receive and are transformed by the gift of faith:
Because they know me they will not permit pessimism, gossip, or the illusion of self-sufficiency to take control of their lives;
Because they love me they will speak new languages so that they can better communicate with and understand others;
Because they follow me they will handle things that otherwise would be too ‘dirty’ or too ‘beyond the norm.’
They will lay hands on the sick, invite the lonely to share a meal, and practice patience with themselves and others.”
What signs speak to you of one who is transformed by the gift of faith?
—Sr. Jessica Kerber, aci is a Handmaid of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a women’s congregation of Ignatian Spirituality that is a member of the Charis Ministries Partner Program.
Lord Jesus, as you appeared to the disciples, encouraging them and sending them forth, so also you have made yourself known to me. Knowing you is my greatest gift. May my words speak of hope and my actions speak of love so that others too may have the chance to know you, for knowing you they will love you, and from there, all else changes.
—Sr. Jessica Kerber, aci