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Mark 16:15-20

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And he said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 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.'

Mark 16:15-20
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    • Here Jesus sends forth the disciples. They had been called to be with him and to be sent out (Mark 3:14). They are to be brave, despite their fears. ‘The Lord will work with them and confirm the message.’ Resurrection has happened. The Crucified One now walks the earth in the person of his disciples.
    • Lord, send me out each day, to witness to you by my actions. I am to minister to you in the sick, the poor, the hungry, the displaced and the imprisoned of our world.
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    • The theme for World Communications Day is ‘Silence and Word: Path of Evangelisation’. We thank God that this papal theme endorses the consistent dynamic of the Sacred Space community since its beginning in 1999. We enter daily into a period of silence and only then give time to contemplating the Word in the Gospels.
    • Who am I? I am a hearer of the Word. The Word seeks a home and finds it in me. What ought I do? I am to become good news to the world, a candle lighting up the darkness. I can be good news by what I am, by what I say, and by what I do. This is Jesus’ agenda for me!
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    • Jesus commissions his disciples to bring the good news that God is on the side of the poor, the sick, the outcasts, and all those who suffer injustice. Those who cannot bear to have beggars, former prostitutes, servants, women and children as their equals, would simply not be at home in God’s kingdom.
    • Jesus, help me to be inclusive in my love. Open my narrow heart to include those who injure me or differ from me in so many ways. Don’t let me indulge feelings of superiority in relation to anyone.
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    • Do I ever refer the good news to myself? The good news about me is that I am massively loved and cared for by God. Creation is at my service. Jesus has died for me. I am promised eternal life. God is with me always, so I need not be afraid. Good news indeed!
    • Lord, the goodness that I find in life comes from you. Good things don’t just happen: it is you who make them happen. I am showered with your gifts. Let me then be a grateful and joyous person.
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    • When I look at these signs that should company believers, my heart sinks. I have never risked picking up snakes or drinking poison, and cannot be sure that I have ever cured a sick person. But when I think about the world I live in, I see room for hope. The name of Jesus strengthens me in times of great fear, when confronted by the unknown, by danger or by evil. I try to learn new tongues, including the language of the Worldwide Web. And there is always a need for healing hands to help the sick. I have good news to spread, that God is our loving parent, and his love is changing lives despite obstacles and problems.
    • The words of Jesus at the end of his Easter appearances link heaven and earth. From his place in heaven, the Lord works with us and is a companion in the work of proclaiming good news. His friendship with each of us is good news for us. We are to share that in different situations. Prayer deepens in us the sense that the message of Jesus is good news in our own lives and, through us, in the lives of others.
    • Each of us is called into the ministry of Jesus in some way. We are called to be 'other Christs', to be people who wish to make known and spread the love of God and his care for his people in the world. We may never know how much we have done this; it is sufficient that we do what we can. God has some work to do that can be done only through each person. In a time of prayer we ask that we use our gifts and talents as best we can in God's service.
    • The final departure of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit gave new strength and energy to the group of disciples. The new message seems to transcend boundaries like language among people and illness within people, and that evil does not conquer. From heaven the Lord continues his work on earth through his followers.
    • This section of Mark's Gospel is generally regarded by scholars as a later gloss inserted to soften the risen Jesus' criticism of the Eleven. (16:14) "And he rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who saw him after he had been raised." It explains the apostles' unbelief as due to the age in which they lived before Jesus' death and resurrection opened up the possibility of true belief and righteousness. In the light of such belief, the disciples are to go to the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature.
    • I consider what I need to be better able to proclaim the gospel message.
    • I proclaim the good news to the whole of creation by the way I live, by being a blessing to the world that God has made.
    • I pray for healing for those parts of creation that are wounded and damaged, that have yet to learn of the good news that Jesus sends us to proclaim.
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    • When I look at these signs that should company believers, my heart sinks. I have never risked picking up snakes or drinking poison, and cannot be sure that I have ever cured a sick person. But when I think about the world I live in, I see room for hope. The name of Jesus strengthens me in times of great fear, when confronted by the unknown, by danger or by evil. I try to learn new tongues, including the language of the Worldwide Web. And there is always a need for healing hands to help the sick. I have good news to spread, that God is our loving parent, and his love is changing lives despite obstacles and problems.
    • The words of Jesus at the end of his Easter appearances link heaven and earth. From his place in heaven, the Lord works with us and is a companion in the work of proclaiming good news. His friendship with each of us is good news for us. We are to share that in different situations. Prayer deepens in us the sense that the message of Jesus is good news in our own lives and, through us, in the lives of others.
    • Each of us is called into the ministry of Jesus in some way. We are called to be 'other Christs', to be people who wish to make known and spread the love of God and his care for his people in the world. We may never know how much we have done this; it is sufficient that we do what we can. God has some work to do that can be done only through each person. In a time of prayer we ask that we use our gifts and talents as best we can in God's service.
    • The final departure of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit gave new strength and energy to the group of disciples. The new message seems to transcend boundaries like language among people and illness within people, and that evil does not conquer. From heaven the Lord continues his work on earth through his followers.
    • This section of Mark's Gospel is generally regarded by scholars as a later gloss inserted to soften the risen Jesus' criticism of the Eleven. (16:14) "And he rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who saw him after he had been raised." It explains the apostles' unbelief as due to the age in which they lived before Jesus' death and resurrection opened up the possibility of true belief and righteousness. In the light of such belief, the disciples are to go to the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature.
    • I consider what I need to be better able to proclaim the gospel message.
    • I proclaim the good news to the whole of creation by the way I live, by being a blessing to the world that God has made.
    • I pray for healing for those parts of creation that are wounded and damaged, that have yet to learn of the good news that Jesus sends us to proclaim.
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    • When I look at these signs that should company believers, my heart sinks. I have never risked picking up snakes or drinking poison, and cannot be sure that I have ever cured a sick person. But when I think about the world I live in, I see room for hope. The name of Jesus strengthens me in times of great fear, when confronted by the unknown, by danger or by evil. I try to learn new tongues, including the language of the Worldwide Web. And there is always a need for healing hands to help the sick. I have good news to spread, that God is our loving parent, and his love is changing lives despite obstacles and problems.
    • The words of Jesus at the end of his Easter appearances link heaven and earth. From his place in heaven, the Lord works with us and is a companion in the work of proclaiming good news. His friendship with each of us is good news for us. We are to share that in different situations. Prayer deepens in us the sense that the message of Jesus is good news in our own lives and, through us, in the lives of others.
    • Each of us is called into the ministry of Jesus in some way. We are called to be 'other Christs', to be people who wish to make known and spread the love of God and his care for his people in the world. We may never know how much we have done this; it is sufficient that we do what we can. God has some work to do that can be done only through each person. In a time of prayer we ask that we use our gifts and talents as best we can in God's service.
    • The final departure of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit gave new strength and energy to the group of disciples. The new message seems to transcend boundaries like language among people and illness within people, and that evil does not conquer. From heaven the Lord continues his work on earth through his followers.
    • This section of Mark's Gospel is generally regarded by scholars as a later gloss inserted to soften the risen Jesus' criticism of the Eleven. (16:14) "And he rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who saw him after he had been raised." It explains the apostles' unbelief as due to the age in which they lived before Jesus' death and resurrection opened up the possibility of true belief and righteousness. In the light of such belief, the disciples are to go to the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature.
    • I consider what I need to be better able to proclaim the gospel message.
    • I proclaim the good news to the whole of creation by the way I live, by being a blessing to the world that God has made.
    • I pray for healing for those parts of creation that are wounded and damaged, that have yet to learn of the good news that Jesus sends us to proclaim.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • When I look at these signs that should company believers, my heart sinks. I have never risked picking up snakes or drinking poison, and cannot be sure that I have ever cured a sick person. But when I think about the world I live in, I see room for hope. The name of Jesus strengthens me in times of great fear, when confronted by the unknown, by danger or by evil. I try to learn new tongues, including the language of the Worldwide Web. And there is always a need for healing hands to help the sick. I have good news to spread, that God is our loving parent, and his love is changing lives despite obstacles and problems.
    • The words of Jesus at the end of his Easter appearances link heaven and earth. From his place in heaven, the Lord works with us and is a companion in the work of proclaiming good news. His friendship with each of us is good news for us. We are to share that in different situations. Prayer deepens in us the sense that the message of Jesus is good news in our own lives and, through us, in the lives of others.
    • Each of us is called into the ministry of Jesus in some way. We are called to be 'other Christs', to be people who wish to make known and spread the love of God and his care for his people in the world. We may never know how much we have done this; it is sufficient that we do what we can. God has some work to do that can be done only through each person. In a time of prayer we ask that we use our gifts and talents as best we can in God's service.
    • The final departure of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit gave new strength and energy to the group of disciples. The new message seems to transcend boundaries like language among people and illness within people, and that evil does not conquer. From heaven the Lord continues his work on earth through his followers.
    • This section of Mark's Gospel is generally regarded by scholars as a later gloss inserted to soften the risen Jesus' criticism of the Eleven. (16:14) "And he rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who saw him after he had been raised." It explains the apostles' unbelief as due to the age in which they lived before Jesus' death and resurrection opened up the possibility of true belief and righteousness. In the light of such belief, the disciples are to go to the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature.
    • I consider what I need to be better able to proclaim the gospel message.
    • I proclaim the good news to the whole of creation by the way I live, by being a blessing to the world that God has made.
    • I pray for healing for those parts of creation that are wounded and damaged, that have yet to learn of the good news that Jesus sends us to proclaim.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • When I look at these signs that should company believers, my heart sinks. I have never risked picking up snakes or drinking poison, and cannot be sure that I have ever cured a sick person. But when I think about the world I live in, I see room for hope. The name of Jesus strengthens me in times of great fear, when confronted by the unknown, by danger or by evil. I try to learn new tongues, including the language of the Worldwide Web. And there is always a need for healing hands to help the sick. I have good news to spread, that God is our loving parent, and his love is changing lives despite obstacles and problems.
    • The words of Jesus at the end of his Easter appearances link heaven and earth. From his place in heaven, the Lord works with us and is a companion in the work of proclaiming good news. His friendship with each of us is good news for us. We are to share that in different situations. Prayer deepens in us the sense that the message of Jesus is good news in our own lives and, through us, in the lives of others.
    • Each of us is called into the ministry of Jesus in some way. We are called to be 'other Christs', to be people who wish to make known and spread the love of God and his care for his people in the world. We may never know how much we have done this; it is sufficient that we do what we can. God has some work to do that can be done only through each person. In a time of prayer we ask that we use our gifts and talents as best we can in God's service.
    • The final departure of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit gave new strength and energy to the group of disciples. The new message seems to transcend boundaries like language among people and illness within people, and that evil does not conquer. From heaven the Lord continues his work on earth through his followers.
    • This section of Mark's Gospel is generally regarded by scholars as a later gloss inserted to soften the risen Jesus' criticism of the Eleven. (16:14) "And he rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who saw him after he had been raised." It explains the apostles' unbelief as due to the age in which they lived before Jesus' death and resurrection opened up the possibility of true belief and righteousness. In the light of such belief, the disciples are to go to the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature.
    • I consider what I need to be better able to proclaim the gospel message.
    • I proclaim the good news to the whole of creation by the way I live, by being a blessing to the world that God has made.
    • I pray for healing for those parts of creation that are wounded and damaged, that have yet to learn of the good news that Jesus sends us to proclaim.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • When I look at these signs that should company believers, my heart sinks. I have never risked picking up snakes or drinking poison, and cannot be sure that I have ever cured a sick person. But when I think about the world I live in, I see room for hope. The name of Jesus strengthens me in times of great fear, when confronted by the unknown, by danger or by evil. I try to learn new tongues, including the language of the Worldwide Web. And there is always a need for healing hands to help the sick. I have good news to spread, that God is our loving parent, and his love is changing lives despite obstacles and problems.
    • The words of Jesus at the end of his Easter appearances link heaven and earth. From his place in heaven, the Lord works with us and is a companion in the work of proclaiming good news. His friendship with each of us is good news for us. We are to share that in different situations. Prayer deepens in us the sense that the message of Jesus is good news in our own lives and, through us, in the lives of others.
    • Each of us is called into the ministry of Jesus in some way. We are called to be 'other Christs', to be people who wish to make known and spread the love of God and his care for his people in the world. We may never know how much we have done this; it is sufficient that we do what we can. God has some work to do that can be done only through each person. In a time of prayer we ask that we use our gifts and talents as best we can in God's service.
    • The final departure of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit gave new strength and energy to the group of disciples. The new message seems to transcend boundaries like language among people and illness within people, and that evil does not conquer. From heaven the Lord continues his work on earth through his followers.
    • This section of Mark's Gospel is generally regarded by scholars as a later gloss inserted to soften the risen Jesus' criticism of the Eleven. (16:14) "And he rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who saw him after he had been raised." It explains the apostles' unbelief as due to the age in which they lived before Jesus' death and resurrection opened up the possibility of true belief and righteousness. In the light of such belief, the disciples are to go to the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature.
    • I consider what I need to be better able to proclaim the gospel message.
    • I proclaim the good news to the whole of creation by the way I live, by being a blessing to the world that God has made.
    • I pray for healing for those parts of creation that are wounded and damaged, that have yet to learn of the good news that Jesus sends us to proclaim.
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    • When I look at these signs that should company believers, my heart sinks. I have never risked picking up snakes or drinking poison, and cannot be sure that I have ever cured a sick person. But when I think about the world I live in, I see room for hope. The name of Jesus strengthens me in times of great fear, when confronted by the unknown, by danger or by evil. I try to learn new tongues, including the language of the Worldwide Web. And there is always a need for healing hands to help the sick. I have good news to spread, that God is our loving parent, and his love is changing lives despite obstacles and problems.
    • The words of Jesus at the end of his Easter appearances link heaven and earth. From his place in heaven, the Lord works with us and is a companion in the work of proclaiming good news. His friendship with each of us is good news for us. We are to share that in different situations. Prayer deepens in us the sense that the message of Jesus is good news in our own lives and, through us, in the lives of others.
    • Each of us is called into the ministry of Jesus in some way. We are called to be 'other Christs', to be people who wish to make known and spread the love of God and his care for his people in the world. We may never know how much we have done this; it is sufficient that we do what we can. God has some work to do that can be done only through each person. In a time of prayer we ask that we use our gifts and talents as best we can in God's service.
    • The final departure of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit gave new strength and energy to the group of disciples. The new message seems to transcend boundaries like language among people and illness within people, and that evil does not conquer. From heaven the Lord continues his work on earth through his followers.
    • This section of Mark's Gospel is generally regarded by scholars as a later gloss inserted to soften the risen Jesus' criticism of the Eleven. (16:14) "And he rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who saw him after he had been raised." It explains the apostles' unbelief as due to the age in which they lived before Jesus' death and resurrection opened up the possibility of true belief and righteousness. In the light of such belief, the disciples are to go to the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature.
    • I consider what I need to be better able to proclaim the gospel message.
    • I proclaim the good news to the whole of creation by the way I live, by being a blessing to the world that God has made.
    • I pray for healing for those parts of creation that are wounded and damaged, that have yet to learn of the good news that Jesus sends us to proclaim.