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 http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
The current TV series A.D. introduces us to St. Mark. Coptic tradition holds that he hosted the disciples in his house after Jesus’ death. He wrote down the sermons of Peter, thereby composing the gospel of Mark. He traveled to Alexandria and is honored as the founder of Christianity in Africa. Thus he is one of those who “went forth and preached everywhere.”
Each of us is “on the road” today, preaching the gospel (whether we think about or not) by our words and actions. We may not pick up serpents or drink poisons, as today’s gospel notes. Yet quite likely our kindness, compassion, and thoughtful words may well hold some demon at bay. Further, as any of us speak new iPad and iPhone languages, we bring the work and words of the Lord to bear on the knotty situations of our daily living. So who is to say that the Risen Jesus is not confirming our words and actions “through accompanying signs”? Let us be alert to the God’s influence alive in our hearts!
―The Jesuit Prayer Team
Holy God, you gave St. Mark the privilege of proclaiming your gospel. Help me to bring the word and work of Jesus everywhere I travel today, all for your greater honor and glory. Amen.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!