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Easter Saturday


This command of Jesus is given to the eleven immediately after Jesus rebukes them for being hard-hearted and of little faith. All followers of Jesus need to keep this in mind. We are a people in need of transformation as well as called by God to not just proclaim the Good News, but actually be the Good News to others.

 Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16: 15)

This command of Jesus is given to the eleven immediately after Jesus rebukes them for being hard-hearted and of little faith. All followers of Jesus need to keep this in mind. We are a people in need of transformation as well as called by God to not just proclaim the Good News, but actually be the Good News to others. We cannot do any of this without God’s presence or grace. Jesus shed his blood upon the cross so we can live in God’s grace. Living in God’s grace is not always easy, fun and fulfilling. This is especially so when our hearts can be hard, heavy and lacking in faith. Yet we go forth trusting that God either through us or in spite of us will get God’s message of love and redemption through to those around us. What is even more important than this is the transformation that will occur to others through the spreading of the Gospel.

All of this, like the resurrection, is God’s doing. God is the true source of all authentic evangelization. We, who are the hard and broken-hearted, can find solace in the invitation to grace to be Good News through God’s continual call to presence, grace and transformation. 

Rev. Timothy Guthridge, C.PP.S. (Kansas City)



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