1st Reading: 1 P 5:5-14
Beloved: All of you must clothe yourself with humility in
your dealings with one another, because God opposes the
proud but gives his grace to the humble. Bow down, then,
before the power of God so that he will raise you up at the
appointed time. Place all your worries on him since he takes
care of you.
Be sober and alert because your enemy the devil prowls
about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Stand
your ground, firm in your faith, knowing that our brothers
and sisters, scattered throughout the world, are confronting
similar sufferings. God, the giver of all grace, has called you
to share in Christ’s eternal Glory and after you have suffered
a little he will bring you to perfection: he will confirm,
strengthen and establish you forever. Glory be to him forever
and ever. Amen. I have had these few lines of encouragement
written to you by Silvanus, our brother, whom I know to be
trustworthy. For I wanted to remind you of the kindness of
God really present in all this. Hold on to it. Greetings from the
community in Babylon, gathered by God, and from my son,
Mark. Greet one another with a friendly embrace. Peace to
you all who are in Christ.
Gospel: Mark 16:15-20
Jesus told his disciples, “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; the one who refuses to believe will be condemned. Signs like these will accompany those who have believed: in my Name they will cast out demons and speak new languages; they will pick up snakes and, if they drink anything poisonous, they will be unharmed. They will lay their hands on the sick and they will be healed.”
So then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and took his place at the right hand of God. The Eleven went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs which accompanied them.
“I am the bread of life.” I am what satisfies the deepest and most elemental needs of humanity. I am the most intimate reality in your life: as intimate to you, as sustaining as the food in your mouth. I am the one who keeps your awareness bright like a lamp, your heart warm, your will healthy, strong, and gentle. I am the one who enables you to raise your eyes, to see beauty and glory in the world, and to open the eye of your spirit till you see God.
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