There is a lot of Good News in the readings this week:
1st Reading – Elisha offers hope to an aging couple
Psalm – “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.”
2nd Reading – Paul reminds us that we have died and risen with Christ
Gospel – Christ invites us to put Him first in our lives
As much as the world might try at times to make us think that bad news sells, deep in our hearts we long to hear Good News – words that inspire, give us hope, and energize our lives.
Good News reminds us that the Lord has a plan for our lives and invites us to trust as we make Jesus Christ the center of what we say and do. Good News is not “pie-in-the-sky” that says just hang on long enough as you’ll get your reward; rather, we keep going because every day (good or bad) has unique lessons that can draw us closer to God and one another. Good News proclaims that not only is there something fantastic at the end of the journey, but that the Lord himself will accompany us every step of the way.
Where do you see Good News in your life right now? Where have you recognized Jesus Christ at work in your life? Take a moment to thank the Lord for the blessings you have and help others to see the ways that they have been touched by God’s grace. In other words: proclaim the Good News!
St. Paul’s time and energy in Corinth reveal the powerful opportunity he had to share the Gospel. When the chance presents itself in our lives, may we respond with the same intensity as we witness our faith in Christ.
On this Feast of St. Mark the evangelist we are reminded that all of us are called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ – by our words, actions and example – so that others can see how the Lord brings power and joy to our lives.
As the disciples return praising God for the power they used in the name of Jesus, the Lord reveals this power as the fulfillment of God’s plan for salvation history. Our task today? To continue to let Jesus work through the daily offering of our lives.