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Catholic Reflections Daily: Today’s Mass readings 1 Peter 5:5-14; Mark 16:15-20. Gospel Theme of the day is A mission commissioned!

Readings of the Day

First Reading

1 Peter 5:5-14

5 Likewise, you younger members, be subject to the presbyters. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for:

“God opposes the proud
but bestows favor on the humble.”

6 So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

8 Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. 10 The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ [Jesus] will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. 11 To him be dominion forever. Amen. 12 I write you this briefly through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Remain firm in it. 13 The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17

Response: I will sing forever of your mercies. O Lord.
or: Alleluia.


Mark 16:15-20

15 He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. 18 They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. 20 But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.] [And they reported all the instructions briefly to Peter’s companions. Afterwards Jesus himself, through them, sent forth from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. Amen.]

A mission commissioned

Powerful Catholic Reflections Daily

Today’s Focus: Our duty is to heed the call of the Lord and carry out his mission. With certainty, he will be by our side, endow us with strength, and fulfill his mission through our actions.

1. We are commemorating St. Mark’s feast day, who was one of the four evangelists and a disciple of Peter. He accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey and ultimately died a martyr’s death, dragged through the streets of Alexandria.

2. Today’s liturgy of the word focuses on mission, in line with the festive theme. Mark was committed to the Lord’s mission by word and deed, preaching and writing the gospel while also living it through virtue and teachings accompanied by signs and wonders.

3. Jesus instructed us to proclaim the gospel to the whole world, every creature, and make others believe, be baptized, and be saved. Our mission should be universal and expansive, not restricted to any particular place or people.

4. Our mission is to proclaim the gospel and lead others to faith and salvation. Anything that leads away from faith and toward destruction is not true to the mission.

5. A life of mission is a life of virtue, characterized by humility, surrender, vigilance, alertness, resistance to evil, and steadfastness in faith.

6. The power of this mission has the ability to overcome evil, communicate and proclaim through new languages, shield from harm, and heal.

Direction to Live: Let us remember that the greatest effect and sign of God’s power in our mission is that the Lord himself will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us.