Preaching the Gospel

Mark 6: 7-13
Heb 12:18-19,21-24 / Ps 48

They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
(Mark 6:13)

In our desire to spread God’s Word,
Let our deeds say what we want to teach;
It is easier to be heard
When we practice what we preach.

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to Him, He sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.” They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. (Mark 6: 7-13)


The message in today’s Gospel passage of Mark is about evangelization, proclaiming the kingdom of God to others. It is interesting to note that this message is still very much relevant in our present day and age, and likely even more urgent, when we consider the degradation of values prevailing in our society today, due to corruption in high places, and the unbridled freedom and materialism especially among our youth. The main difference between then (when the apostles were first sent out) and now is that we do not have the kind of intimate relationship as the apostles had with the One sending them forth. They were personally given the authority to speak on Christ’s behalf and the power to heal and drive out evil spirits wherever they went. But the circumstances and/or situation then and now are also vastly different. The apostles were sent to preach to a strange and hostile environment, where one could be stoned to death for preaching a doctrine different from the Judaic beliefs of the Jews. The only “stones” that we may have to face today are the disinterested or cynical responses of friends, relatives or associates to whom we wish to share the Word of God. Unlike the early messengers of the Lord, we do not have to go to strange places in order to profess our faith. We can do it in our workplaces, or organizations where we belong, or even among our friends and relatives. Best of all, we can give our testimony in the assembly of our own Christian community.

God has given us the authority and power to spread the Good News in His behalf. All that He requires of us is our willingness and our faith in Him that His mission will be accomplished. We witnessed this power to proclaim the Word of God last Saturday and Sunday when some of our new members, young and inexperienced, boldly gave life-in-the-Spirit talks to about a hundred PNP trainees in our Market Evangelization Program. Their bold and inspiring messages should shame the “vintage” members in our community who have not even prepared their own life testimony for sharing in our breakfast meetings. If these young members could muster enough courage to reach out and give witness to the Gospel and to Christ’s salvation, how much more for us, who are seasoned members? This is God’s message in today’s Gospel. If we have not yet done so, please let us prepare our life testimony for sharing in our breakfast meetings or prayer assemblies. Believe me, you will be blessed for it.

Lord, make us channels of Your Word, so that others may also find freedom and truth in Your Gospel. Grant us the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we may become effective witnesses in the continuing mission of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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