“Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News.”

Mark 16:15

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Mark 16:15-20

Part of the good news of the Ascension is that we are to take responsibility for continuing Jesus’ mission. We are called now to embody Jesus in our world and continue his mission. We make incarnate God’s loving presence in the world as Jesus once did. We proclaim the good news in tangible ways – in the way we hold the hand of a dying person or help a child notice the beauty of creation.

As St Teresa of Avila said:
“Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.”

We, like the Apostles, are invited to wait with eager anticipation for the promised coming of the Holy Spirit, which empowers us for this responsibility. The proclamation of the Good News is not only the preserve of priests and religious leaders. It is a responsibility entrusted to each of us differently depending on our distinctive gifts and context. Our witness to the fact that “we have seen the Lord” can be expressed through the way we parent, in our friendships, in the way we treat the environment and in how we do the particular work that we find ourselves called to it. St Ignatius reminds us that love is expressed more in deeds than words. We might ponder how our quality of presence preaches the good news in our own time and carries on the mission that Jesus entrusted to us his disciples.

Gracious God,

Thank you for calling us to proclaim the Good news of your love for us in every place we go today, perhaps not in words, but in the things we say and do and through a generous and loving presence. May others who encounter us, Know that they are deeply loved.

Amen.

 
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Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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