Reflection on Mark 16:15-20
I have to keep reminding myself that there is an order to what Jesus ask. Believe and be baptized then go into all the world to proclaim the Good News. 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. The world desperately needs saving and to know Jesus’s embrace. Jesus will work with us as witnesses within our own journey as we become a humble drop in an ocean of hopeful drops.
The Ascension, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
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.”
The Ascension of Jesus
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 16:15-20.