The Final Commissioning

Mark 16: 15-20
1 Pt 5:5-14 / Ps 89:2-3,6-7,16-17

They went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.
(Mark 16:20)

Our strifes and troubles when we preach
Are but a light cross that we bear,
But there’ll be more souls we can reach
If Christ’s Good News are ours share.

Jesus said to the apostles, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” They went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs. (Mark 16:15- 20)

Reflection

Before His ascencion into heaven, Jesus gave His final commissioning to His apostles. His mission on earth was over, but theirs was just beginning. But His departure meant only His physical absence from His disciples; He promised them that He would still be with them in a new way — and always until the end of time. That was why when Jesus departed from them, they did not feel any grief or sorrow. Instead, they went away filled with joy and great anticipation for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The other day, we witnessed two kinds of departure that showed contrasting emotions. One was marked by grief and sorrow, and the other filled with cheers and merriment. The former was the burial of the patriarch of a prominent family in Davao, who had served his church and community well. The other occasion that we attended in the evening was the despedida de soltera for our good friend’s young daughter, who would soon begin a new life of her own in marriage. These two contrasting events, in a strange way, both signified a beginning and an ending. The patriarch had finished his mission in life, but his real life in the Father’s kingdom was just beginning. The daughter of my friend was ending her single life, but her real purpose in life was likewise just beginning. But for the former, there should have been greater rejoicing.

Those who have received the commission of Jesus Christ to be heralds of the Good News of salvation have seen the end of their worldly life, and are now living a new life in the Spirit. There is reason to rejoice and be glad, despite the trials that we might face. For we believe that the risen Lord is working in us through the power of His Holy Spirit, and we are so privileged to share in this task of the saints.

Lord God, You fill our hearts with a spirit of joy which no trials or difficulties can overcome. May we always live a life of praise and thanksgiving for our renewal, and may we fulfill Your purpose in our life. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

One Response to “The Final Commissioning”

  1. jun  on April 25th, 2007

    Truly, the Good News need to be proclaimed – specially in the internet. Every day is a new beginning and every day another end.

    There were times that I felt I was not making any difference in my ministry, that it was just a waste of time. Little did I know that even if people did not respond, they were nevertheless inspired.

    And I just want to honor you for the inspiration you provide.

    keep it up Bro. Momong!