Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Mark 16:9-15
Christ gives us two very important lessons here. One, He rebukes His followers for not believing. And two, He commands His followers to go out into the world and proclaim His message. In a sense, the Apostles and the early disciples had it easy. They could see Jesus. They witnessed His miracles. They walked and talked with Him. We aren’t able to do that. We must have faith in something we cannot see. That is often really difficult, especially when tragedy strikes. That is why the Church and the clergy are so integral to our daily lives. They help us to increase our faith. They act in the person of Christ so that we may come to know and love Him more deeply.
And though we have not seen and have not heard Christ’s words directly from Him, we have the gospels to teach us. Christ’s life, His death, and His resurrection make His command to go out into the world and proclaim the gospel all the more important. We are so blessed to know about Him, and we cannot keep His truths to ourselves. Hiding the light of our faith goes against everything we stand for as Catholics. We cannot believe one thing privately and act the opposite way in public. We must let that light of Christ shine on others.
So how do we do that? What does that look like in our modern world? We begin at home. We teach our children. And what we teach, we then also live—not just at home, but in our workplace, at the store, with our friends, and anywhere else we go. We, too, are called to act in the person of Christ here on earth. We are called to give that gift of faith to everyone we meet.
How will you shine the light of Christ as you go about your day today?
Heavenly Father, help me to have faith in You, even when things seem bleak. And give me the courage to boldly proclaim Your love and mercy in everything I do.
Copyright 2021 Susan Ciancio
About the Author
Susan Ciancio has a BA in psychology and a BA in sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in liberal studies from Indiana University. For the past 17 years, she has worked as a professional editor and writer. She is executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program and editor of ALL's Celebrate Life Magazine.