Sunday Gospel reflection: Proclaim the good news with the disciples!

The Ascension of the Lord, Year B

Bas-relief of the Basilica of Fatima depicting Jesus ascending into heaven. Photo: Zacarias Pereira da Mata/Shutterstock

Today’s readings bring us to the end of Jesus’ time with his disciples. We see the disciples going out and proclaiming the good news to the whole world, even though they are waiting for Jesus to return in glory. What is this good news that they proclaim? And why do the disciples go out and proclaim it? What sends them out?

To answer “why,” let us look to today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Here, we learn that the disciples can proclaim the good news because they have received instructions through the Holy Spirit. From gathering together as a community, from Scripture, and from encountering the Risen Lord Jesus, each of the disciples has come to know in a very personal way the good news about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Spirit, stirring in their hearts, sends them out to proclaim the good news.

What, then, is this good news that the disciples discover and proclaim to everyone? It is that God is with us at every moment of our lives — from birth to death, and even after we die. God is always with us.

Let us, then, seek to discover the good news. At the Eucharist, we too gather, learn from Scripture, and encounter the Risen Lord Jesus. Let us be disciples and go out to proclaim the good news!

— Armand Mercier


Acts 1:1–11

Psalm 47:2–3, 6–7, 8–9

Ephesians 1:17–23, or Ephesians 4:1–13, or Ephesians 4:1–7, 11–13

Mark 16:15–20

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