One day Christ was talking with his disciples and he gave them power and authority and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and heal the sick...and they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and curing diseases. With these words Jesus was commissioning his disciples to go out and spread the Good News bringing God’s love to all they would meet. Today in the Gospel, St. Mark tells of the commissioning of the twelve to go out and spread the Good News as evangelizer, bringing the Good News of Jesus to others. Pope Francis has issued an encyclical, a special kind of letter which reflects the teaching of Christ as understood in the words of the Pope. In his encyclical entitled Laudato si’ or Praised be to you My Lord, Pope Francis says that we must regain the conviction that we all need one another. He explains why he took the name of Francis when he was elected Pope, the first one in 2000 years to choose that name. It was because St. Francis lived in wonderful harmony with God and with others, and he showed us how to be responsible to see the bond between concern for nature and justice, for the poor and to make a commitment to society and interior peace.
This week in the Gospel of Saint Mark, Jesus summons the Twelve Apostles and begins to send them out and gives them authority over unclean spirits. They became the first evangelizers to go forth to spread the Good News and proclaim the Word of God. Each one of us, modern day evangelizers if you will, have that same challenge as a birthright from our baptism, to proclaim the Good News.
Fr John R. Mulvehill