Reflection on Mark 16:15-18 ~
I have to keep reminding myself that there is an order to what Jesus ask of us. Believe, be baptized, and then go into the world to proclaim the Word. In our continuing belief, if we use Jesus’s name in faith and love there will be signs. However, these signs are not the goal. Instead, in profound humility we need to work with Jesus as the world desperately needs saving and to know Jesus’s embrace. We must be witnesses in our shared journey as a drop in a vast ocean of drops.
Mark 16 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 16:15-18.