The Gospel is the power of God that sets us free and brings us new life in Jesus Christ.
At the end of Mark’s Gospel account he tells us that the Lord Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins, and who rose on the third day to give us new life, now commissions his apostles to carry on the work and mission which he accomplished. Just before his departure to return to his Father in heaven, Jesus tells his apostles to “proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation” – to every person, village, and nation throughout the world. Jesus gives to his followers the task and mission to carry on the work which he accomplished for us – to bring the light and truth of the Gospel to all.
Many Christians celebrate today the conversion of St. Paul who became an apostle to the Gentile nations. Paul testified how he first opposed the Gospel and persecuted Christians, but was converted when Jesus Christ appeared to him on the road to Damascus (Acts 22:3-16). Paul’s encounter with the person of Christ radically changed his life and opened his eyes to the truth of the Gospel. (c) Don Schwager