The Great Commission

Mark 16: 15-20
1 Pet 5:5b-14 / Psa 89: 2-3,6-7,16-17

Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
(Mark 16:15)

Our strifes and trials 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 is ours to 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.” After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and He sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His Word through accompanying signs. (Mark 16:15- 20)

Reflection

Before His Ascencion into heaven, Jesus gave His final commission 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.

Today’s Charismatic revival is a continuing manifestation of Christ’s Commission to all His followers. What started as a Pentecostal movement in the early 1900s is now regarded as the greatest spiritual renewal in the Christian world, and is accepted by the Church as the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in God’s design to unite all of His children. It has given rise to thousands of religious organizations all over the world from diverse Christian denominations that all profess the work of the Holy Spirit in their charters. The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals is one such Charismatic organization in the Philippines that has touched the lives of thousands of Catholics to “go and preach the Good News” in the business and professional world. Aside from its evangelization activities, the BCBP encourages all its members to be active in regular church attendance, in praying together, in giving material support to their parishes and charitable causes, and in the regular reading of the Holy Scriptures.

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 Holy 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 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.

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