This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. In the gospel reading below, we read of Jesus commissioning the disciples to baptize in his name and to proclaim the gospel to everyone. As Christian believers, after more than 2000 years, our mission remains the same as the early Christians; we are called to be Christ’s presence in the world today.
As we strive to live out Jesus’ command: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature,” may we also be reminded of the words of St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.”
Gospel - Mark 16:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They 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.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.