Ascension of the Lord —13th May 2018
Aren’t we lucky we don’t take the Scriptures literally? If we did it would appear from today’s Gospel that only multilingual, snake-wrangling, poison-drinking exorcists, with a gift for healing, would be seen as the genuine Christian article. That would leave most of us out in the cold. This passage, however, is a dramatic addition to Mark’s Gospel to show that even though Jesus is now at the right hand of God, he sends his disciples out to the whole world to carry on his ministry, and that he will protect us when trials come.