Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Daily Gospel & Reflection, Thursday, April 25, 2013

Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist

1 Peter 5: 5b-14, 1st Reading
Psalm 89
Mark 16:15-20

Worship Song

Entrance Antiphon

Go out to the whole world, and preach the gospel to all creation, alleluia (Mark 16:15).

Opening Prayer

Father, you gave Saint Mark the privilege of proclaiming your gospel. May we profit by his wisdom and follow Christ more faithfully. Grant this…


Alleluia, alleluia. We proclaim Christ crucified, he is the power of God and the wisdom of God. Alleluia, alleluia. (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)

Jesus Missions the Disciples

15He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. 18They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

19So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. 20But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.


“The Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.” ~ v. 20b

The most convincing proof of the resurrection is the transformation that took place in Jesus’ followers after it. B. F. Rhein says of them:

“Off they went with burning urgency to tell the news to all the world. The Messiah had come. Truly the kingdom of God was at hand. Their lives were led for that end and for that end alone. No amount of persecution could stop them.”

The followers of Jesus enjoyed a new relationship with the risen Lord. He was able to work with and through them in a remarkable new way. They were now his hands, his heart, his tongue.

Can we recall a time when Jesus worked through us in a special way?

Reflection Credits: Mark Link, SJ; Daily Homilies

Prayer Response

Lord Jesus, empower us to be your witnesses. Fill us with the Holy Spirit so that we may serve you well.

Suggested Action

Be sensitive to the leading of Holy Spirit. Where and how are you being called to proclaim the gospel?

“The holiest moment of the church service is the moment when God’s people – strengthened by preaching and sacrament – go out of the church into the world to be the church.” ~ Ernest Southcott


We cannot know God unless we have listened to him in the silence of our hearts. Rest in the loving arms of the Lord with an open mind and an open heart.

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