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Malvern Minute

 

Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist

April 25, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Mark (5AD-68AD) – Evangelist and Martyr Patron Saint of Barristers and of Egypt

First Letter of Saint Peter 5:5b-14

Psalm 89

Mark 16:15-20

 

Today, the Church remembers Mark, the Evangelist.  The first reading from Saint Peter speaks of “Mark, my son,” whom tradition identifies with Mark the Evangelist.  It is ironic that as we celebrate the feast day of Saint Mark, the Gospel passage chosen for today is taken from the “longer ending” which many believe the he did not write.  Most scholars hold that Mark’s Gospel originally ended at verse 8 or that the original ending after verse 8 has been lost.  (Sorry, but I find that fascinating.)

Whoever wrote the “longer ending” of Mark’s Gospel has borrowed inspiring pieces from other Gospels: Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene; Jesus appears to two others while they walk in the country; Jesus commissions the Eleven; and Jesus’ Ascension.  I suspect the best thing to do is to go ahead and draw the fruit from today’s Gospel as it stands.

In our Gospel narrative today, Jesus missions His friends to, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”  And they did just that.  They went to lands far and near and shared the Good News with every person they met.  For over two millennia, good people all over the world have spread Jesus’ message and not always used words.  They have “clothed themselves with humility” as we heard in today’s first reading.  Their actions and attitudes have shown that they love because they have experienced great love in their personal lives.

Throughout the years many missionaries have been inspired by Mark’s Gospel message of Christ’s command to be baptized in order to be saved.   May we be given the grace and courage of mark the Evangelist so that others will know the Good News of Jesus through our words and our actions.

Question of the Day:  How will you inspire others to “go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature?”

Prayer:  “As we venerate the glory of Saint Mark, we offer you, Lord, the sacrifice of praise and humble beseech you, that your Church may always persevere in the preaching of the Gospel.  Through Christ our Lord.”  (Prayer over the Offerings, April 25, 2020.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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