“Go out to all the world and tell the good news.” (Refrain for the responsorial psalm, Mark 16:15)
I love the refrain for this Sunday’s responsorial Psalm and repeat it often with a joyful heart. Many times I wish that ALL the world was receptive to Jesus’ simple message: “to love God and love your neighbor.” Surely there would then be universal peace and harmony among all of humankind. But in our fallen state, such a utopian world is not to be. There will always be some who choose to reject and refuse the Gospel teaching.
God bless our church missionaries who travel to foreign lands to spread the Good News. Their work requires discipline and perseverance in trails and suffering. In today’s Gospel, Luke tells us many seek the kingdom of God, but not all receive it. “People will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
The refrain again begins, “Go out to all the world …” Obviously, all of us are not able to go out as foreign missionaries. So, how do we spread the Good News? St. Francis told his disciples: “Go out and spread the Gospel, and when necessary use words.” It is in living the Gospel message that we share in the work of spreading God’s kingdom here on earth, even in our own little worlds.
Sr. Marita Kolbeck, OSB
Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, S.D.