Our Faithfulness in Sharing the Good News
Our lives consist of relationships in and out of which we move. Some relationships are more significant than others. Our sustaining relationships are those that give meaning to our lives. These are the relationships that challenge us to grown instead of remaining the same.
The writer of Mark does not tell a pretty story about the first post-resurrection encounter between Jesus and the eleven disciples. Instead of a joyous reunion, the gospel says that Jesus scolded his friends for lack of faith. Though he had tried to tell them about coming events, they could not believe!
His censure, however, does not last long. Once he has spoken to them, he charges them with their task: “Go into all of the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”
In the midst of the Easter celebration, the resurrection is still difficult to believe. God knows our hearts. One of the fruits of our belief is the same as it was for the first disciples: our faithfulness in sharing our relationship with God and with others.
- How would you have responded if you had been among the eleven when Jesus first appeared to them and scolded them for their lack of faith? Cite examples of the same lack of faith in today’s Church?
- What is the significance of singling Peter out for special notice at the resurrection (Mark 16:7)?
- Mark cites examples of the refusal of people to believe that the resurrection had occurred. Believers today fear that people will reject the good news and therefore they do not proclaim it. How did the faithful then respond to this refusal? How do their actions inform our response to Christ?
- Reflect on what it means to have become a “joint heir with Christ.” How do you feel about everyone else sharing in your inheritance?
How Do I Act?
- Look at your circle of family, neighbors, friends, business and professional associates. Are there those who are not in satisfying relationships with Christ? Invite them to share your life of faith and service in the Church.
- Write a Last Will and Testament for Jesus. What are the gifts he left behind to his heirs? How are they to be distributed? How are we to receive them?
- Read Mark’s account of Jesus’ resurrection. How does it differ from the more traditional accounts in the other gospels? How might our faith be different if Mark’s had been the only tradition?
- If your congregation does not have a special tradition to mark Easter morning (ie a sunrise service, breakfast, flowing of the cross, banners or other festive decorations) begin plans now to mark the occasion in a special way next year.