On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 25, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The mark of a disciple of Jesus is the love of Christ he/she embodies, exudes in all words and actions. Their service of the Lord and those they serve comes from embracing tenderly the cross they carry to follow Him. It is the Lord’s humility in dying for us they strive to master.

And the power from on high is given to them to minister to the flock. To do God our Father’s will. Do you know then that you are chosen as well? To be a powerful instrument of His grace and to draw all men and women unto Him.

Let us then my fellow disciples of Jesus, greet one another with love built upon our rock. And encourage one another as we devote our ourselves to loving and serving the Lord by our lives. Amen

First reading

1 Peter 5:5-14
My son, Mark, sends you greetings

All wrap yourselves in humility to be servants of each other, because God refuses the proud and will always favour the humble. Bow down, then, before the power of God now, and he will raise you up on the appointed day; unload all your worries on to him, since he is looking after you. Be calm but vigilant, because your enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat. Stand up to him, strong in faith and in the knowledge that your brothers all over the world are suffering the same things. You will have to suffer only for a little while: the God of all grace who called you to eternal glory in Christ will see that all is well again: he will confirm, strengthen and support you. His power lasts for ever and ever. Amen.
I write these few words to you through Silvanus, who is a brother I know I can trust, to encourage you never to let go this true grace of God to which I bear witness.
Your sister in Babylon, who is with you among the chosen, sends you greetings; so does my son, Mark.
Greet one another with a kiss of love.

Gospel

Mark 16:15-20
Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News

Jesus showed himself to the Eleven and said to them:
‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’
And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.

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