Posted by: livingscripture | April 25, 2012

Third Wednesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

                                                      (Mark 16: 15)                                 


How should we live this Word

Jesus appears to the eleven Apostles in the glory of His resurrection.  Judas went in darkness the night of his betrayal.  Once again, Jesus reveals His interest in our salvation, that which coincides with the joyful proclamation of the Gospel to all persons and all creatures, to the entire cosmos.  It is fitting Easter time occurs as all of nature sings its alleluia and it is fitting that we should dwell upon these words in depth.  What does it mean to preach the Gospel to every creature?  Is not its universal character already stated in the command to preach to all people? 

This total immersion of every created reality in the life renewed by the mystery of the One who conquered death by His resurrection is very beautiful.  It is a pressing invitation to live in awe of all creation and not only use it.  We must promote it, protect it, avoiding all exploitation and egotistical use. 

Proclaiming the Gospel means making all aware that we are loved, that the One who created us has also saved us and we have a destiny of everlasting glory.  Salvation is announced to all, every man, woman, child, young and old, as well as to the dog, the cat, the sheep, the bird, the trees, the flowers, the grass.  All becomes a new creation in Jesus’ resurrection.

 Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will seek out a slice of nature and relish the beauty and peace of God’s creation.  I will live my life as a song of praise to my God. 

Lord, I am delighted to be Your creature, able to evangelize with my life and my love in Your company.

The voice of Lumen Gentium, Council Document


“It is the duty of all the laity to work so that the divine design of salvation daily reaches more persons of all times of the whole earth.  Open any road to them so that, according to their strength and the needs of the times, they too may actively participate in the salvific work of the Church.”


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