THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
THE GREAT COMMISSION
of St. Mark, Evangelist
April 25, 2016
Today’s gospel: Mark 16:15-20
Jesus commissions the Eleven: “Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (v.15).
This so-called Great Commission is also for us, for all who
profess to be a Christian, a disciple of Jesus. All authentic
disciples of Jesus are apostles, that is, “those who
is this work so important and crucial? Because it is about
the eternal salvation or damnation of souls. “Whoever
believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe
will be condemned.” (v.16). Jesus suffered and died
on the cross to pay the price for our sins so that we will
be saved. Jesus already won for us our salvation. But we need
to accept what he has done and put our faith in him, and be
baptized and enter into his human body on earth, the Church.
its absolute importance, having eternal consequences, the
gospel is to be proclaimed to the whole world and to every
creature. Thus it is to be rapid, massive and worldwide, to
be able to reach everyone, to the very peripheries and grassroots.
evangelization is divine work, supposed to be done in the
power of the Holy Spirit, it should manifest signs and wonders
-- dramatic conversions, healing, victorious assault on evil
forces, reaching peoples of every nation and tongue. “These
signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will
drive out demons” (v.17a). They will be given spiritual
gifts with which to effectively do the work, such as healing
and tongues. “They will lay hands on the sick, and
they will recover.” (v.18b). And “they will speak
new languages.” (v.17b).
evangelization is an assault on the kingdom of darkness, the
enemy will counter-attack, and those who do this work, especially
those who do it effectively, can expect to be assaulted, oppressed
and persecuted. But we need never fear, for God is with us,
and Jesus has already won the victory. “They will pick
up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly
thing, it will not harm them.” (v.18a).
gave these instructions right before he ascended into heaven.
“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.” (v.19). His earthly work was done. Now it is the
apostles turn, and all disciples of Jesus through the ages.
now? We are to do what the apostles did, as commanded by Jesus.
“But they went forth and preached everywhere”
(v.20a). If we do so, as authentic servants and disciples,
trusting in God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, then the awesome
might of God will be experienced by us, as “the Lord
worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying
to the New Evangelization!
Note: To better understand the fullness of the Great Commission,
please read my book “Renewing the Face of the Earth,”
which fully explains the Great Commission as well as such
important elements as spiritual gifts.
See 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
 This refers to the gift of speaking in tongues, but can
also refer, in today’s context, to how the proclamation
of the gospel will be done by Jesus’ disciples in all
the languages and dialects of the world, in order to reach