The Lord commands the disciples to “go into the world and tell the Good News.” Our faith today is built on the witness of those who have gone before us. But the command of Jesus applies to us as well…prompting us to consider how we will proclaim the Good News to those around us today.
When athletes compete in a stadium, the cheering crowd inspires and encourages them to do their best. In a similar way the saints inspire us with their example – they cheer us on from Heaven – and at the same time remind us that we can join them as we embrace the challenges of this life with our eyes fixed on Jesus…our coach, trainer, medic, and greatest fan.
Herod is perplexed. Who is Jesus? What is he about? What does it all mean? These questions continue to surface in the world today as people are confronted with the power of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ.
The contrast between the first reading and the Gospel shows two very different examples of behavior. It begs a question: How does our faith help us to live in the routine and everyday challenges we encounter?
The Gospel today makes it clear that what we say has to measure up to what we do. When our words and actions are in harmony, then we “practice what we preach” so that others will find in us a living witness of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of John recounts how Mary Magdalene was the first to meet the Risen Lord. Her conversion and witness inspire us: no matter what our past has been, God’s grace can touch our hearts and change our lives!
In the Gospel of Mark the Lord says, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” As we celebrate the Feast of St. Mark today, may our lives offer a living witness to the Good News as we share our faith with those around us.