And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
One of the great mysteries of our Christian faith—one which captured the mind and heart of Ignatius—is that God has invited us to share in his work of redemption. It is mysterious enough that God saves us from sin and death, when he has no obligation to do so. But that we too should play a role in his saving plan?
If we are called to play a role in God’s saving plan, then we too, like the apostles, must go out and preach the Gospel. And we must be ready, like them, to follow in the footsteps of Christ, which will necessarily bring an experience of the Cross.
We will not be alone. As Christ was with the apostles, so will he be with us, and will confirm the word that he has placed in our hearts.
you sent your disciples
to preach the good news of salvation
by words and by deeds.
Grant us, we pray, a zeal for souls,
that we may never tire of proclaiming
the wonders of your mercy. Amen.
—William Manaker, S.J.