Monday 25 January 2021

Go in peace


“Jesus showed himself to the Eleven and said to them: ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’”

Mark 16:15-18


I suppose there are times when all of us want the last word! We may not always get it of course – or even deserve it! But the last word seals a debate, closes a conversation, moved us on. And so to the last word at the Eucharist. “Go in peace,” we are told. It’s the deacon’s prerogative, if one is present. The one whose ministry is marked by servant hood, called to serve the poor and those in need, is the one who tells us to go in peace, into the world to proclaim the kingdom of God through loving service where we’ll meet him there. The command to “Go” were Jesus’ last earthly word, as he tells his disciples to “Go out to the whole world, and proclaim the Good News to all creation.” We’re not alone in carrying out his mandate. He promises to be with us always. It’s time to move on.


God our Father, we are called by Jesus to follow him and to go out to proclaim his love to all. Strengthen us in our service, as we seek to give glory to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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