Today's Gospel (Mark 1:29-39):
'On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.
That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.
In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.'
Let us briefly consider Jesus' words in response to the disciples when they find him. He says: 'Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.'
It is clear that Jesus does not want to spend too much time in one place. He wants to keep moving. He wants his Good News to touch the hearts of as many people as possible 'because that is why I came'. Jesus came to save us, and that saving power would be fulfilled on the Cross. But before that act of salvation for all Jesus had a mission; a mission to take the message of salvation for all to as many people as possible.
That mission is our mission today. It has not changed. We are duty bound by Jesus to 'go and make disciples of all nations', just as he did. We are not to keep the Gospel message to ourselves. That is not being selfless as Jesus was selfless. Being selfless means to share the Good News, to pass it on to others.
Never be afraid to bring Jesus into your conversations with others. Never be afraid to wax lyrical about the great things Jesus has done: healing the sick; giving sight to the blind; and, of course, dying on the Cross for each and every one of us. This is not the type of news material we get from our mainstream media. No, this is REAL news. This is SANCTIFYING news. This is the GOOD NEWS!