Thursday, December 3, 2020

In mundum universum (Mk. 16:15)


Today, the universal church celebrates Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). He was an accomplished journalist. He left his homeland to proclaim glad tidings to others. He truly lived the Gospel, as the evangelist Mark reaffirmed today, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). The word “go” is a command to go not only understood as a command to go forth or walk-in preaching the Gospel to the whole world. But it also means that the Gospel is not only to be preached but also to be "living according to the Gospel" that we have received from Lord Jesus. The Gospel is not only reported or heralded, but it must also be lived.

 A person in Christ believes that the Lord Jesus is not only a Gospel heir but also a living proclamation. It means that we too must walk while revealing our lives that are filled with the Gospel of Christ. How can people hear and believe the Gospel message we send forth if others cannot see an example of our lives? Jesus came into the world on one side to show that the promise of his salvation that had been proclaiming by the prophets was not nonsense or a silly promise but did occur. The greatness of God’s love for us humans is not only words but Jesus proved it by dying on the cross.

So Jesus’ command to go forth proclaiming the Gospel was not limited to the form of a spoken heir, but just by seeing ourselves, others would be able to get the news about Jesus. Let us proclaim the Gospel to all creatures as exemplified by Saint Francis Xavier. If we are already living in the Gospel of Christ, then it must be inherent in us. It must have power over us so that it comes alive.

By Sr. Maria Venidora, SND.

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