The Mandate of Mission

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)

We are all called to give witness
To be God’s channel of His Word;
If our life reflects God’s goodness,
Then all His promises are assured.

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

Today’s Charismatic revival is a continuing manifestation of Christ’s mandate to all His followers to “preach the good news to all creation.” What started as a Pentecostal movement in the early 1900s is now regarded as the greatest spiritual renewal in the Christian world. This is acknowledged 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” to the business and professional world. Its theme this year is “Change the Face of Business.” Aside from its evangelization activities, the BCBP encourages all its members to be active in regular church attendance, in praying together, and in the regular reading of Holy Scriptures as part of their members’ spiritual formation.

We cannot be effective in bringing the Good News of salvation to others unless we have fully immersed ourselves in the Word of God. Reading the Bible every day is thus a basic requisite in our BCBP community as well as in other renewal groups if we are to serve as the Lord’s lay missionaries.

For the members of our community, who are either businessmen or professionals, giving our time, talent and treasure can entail some sacrifices, especially if the target area is in another city or province, requiring hotel accommodations, meals and expenses for transportation. But somehow the Lord always provides, as we recall His words in Luke 9:3, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money…” Of course it was different during that time and place, as the disciples were told to stay in the houses of those they evangelized. But the message remains the same: do not worry for provisions, as they will be taken care of. This was demonstrated in our mission trip to Mati City, province of Davao Oriental last Friday and Saturday. For the transportation expenses (hired van, plus fuel of three vehicles), hotel, and two meals, (plus the free breakfast of first-time guests), only P1,400 per member was charged to ensure that many members could come along for the Friday worship and Saturday breakfast. Despite the donation of P12,000 from a generous couple, I was worried that our funds might not be enough. However, when we got home from Mati, I asked my wife, who was designated treasurer, how much money was left after expenses. She replied, “There’s still P20,000 left over.”

We praise and thank You, Father God, for providing our needs, both material and spiritual whenever we go out on mission to spread Your Word. We are also grateful for Your sure protection, keeping us safe and free from any trouble. May we succeed in establishing another outreach for Your honor and glory. Amen.

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