YEAR A: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF EASTER
HOMILY THEME: THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Mk. 16:15-20) Saturday of the Second Week of Easter, Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist
In today’s Gospel Jesus commanded His apostles to proclaim the Good News to the whole world. His part of the mission was completed. He now sent His apostles to continue the mission. This was the beginning of the Church.
St. Mark fulfilled the mission by writing an account of what Jesus said and did. This was his way of preserving what he had seen and heard as a disciple of Jesus. Because of his Gospel account, the Word of God had become available to us.
As baptized, we also have a responsibility. We might now have a Gospel eyewitness account of Jesus’ life and ministry, but we can witness with our lives. By living Jesus’ commands and examples, we fulfill Jesus’ command to be missionaries to others.
We need everyone to participate in this mission. We cannot rely only to priests and other religious to do the work. Every baptized person possesses that responsibility to be a prophet, to carry God’s Word to others by proclamation and witnessing. Jesus relies on us even if we have our freedom and given all the necessary gifts to realize Jesus’ mission of salvation once and for all.
We only need to make ourselves available and trust God’s abiding presence. God will be our mouth, ears, hands, feet, mind, and heart. In other words, in faith, we are not alone. Thus, we ought not to be afraid. Let us do our part and one day we will just realize the world had been Christified.