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Tuesday, Second Week of Easter


The Gospel passage assigned for the Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist, occurs when Jesus is about to ascend to heaven. This is his last command to his followers: go forth and proclaim the Gospel. How do we proclaim? What remarkable signs give us credibility?

Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. …
They went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them … (Mark 16: 15-20)

The Gospel passage assigned for the Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist, occurs when Jesus is about to ascend to heaven. This is his last command to his followers: go forth and proclaim the Gospel. How do we proclaim? What remarkable signs give us credibility?

We must allow the risen Jesus to work with and in us. Before proclaiming the Gospel, we must personally encounter the risen Christ through prayer, through the good works we see enacted around us, through the Gospel values we ourselves live every day by faithfully doing God’s will. We must come to know the risen Christ as our friend who dwells within each of us. Our love for Jesus then shines forth, this very love giving credibility to our proclaiming the Gospel.

We must enact proclaiming the Gospel by living as Jesus did. Jesus’ life was one of surrender. So must our lives be a living surrender to whatever God asks of us: our time and resources for the good of others, our very selves in falling daily more deeply in love with the risen Christ.

Proclaiming the Gospel is giving over our lives to the saving mission of Jesus, spilling our lives to proclaim the Good News that we are redeemed by the Blood of Christ.

Sr. Joyce Ann Zimmerman, C.PP.S. (Dayton)


 



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