Go into the Whole World and proclaim the gospel (Mark 16:9-15)
- Jesus knows that, at times, we will struggle in our efforts to carry out our mission, just as it was challenging for the disciples to believe in the Resurrection. We can be outwardly confident yet harboring doubts, and in other moments hesitant to proclaim what seems certain.
- Jesus sees and understands our resistance and reluctance; however, he continues to send us out to “the whole world.” He never despairs of us, his beloved followers. After all, it is his work taking effect through our faithfulness. “[T]he Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast.” (Evangelii Gaudium #24)
- Listen for where the Lord is inviting you to proclaim the Good News in the current circumstances of your life.
Reflection for Saturday of Easter Octave by Fr. Phele Chancellor (18.04.2020)