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FEAST OF SAINT MARK, EVANGELIST



REFLECTION

"We proclaim Christ crucified; he is the power of God and the wisdom of God."

(1 Corinthians 1:23a-24b)


The Catholic Church celebrates St. Mark the Evangelist's Feast Day today!

John Mark was St. Peter's interpreter when St. Peter was in Rome.

Therefore, John Mark, learned a lot about Jesus' life from St. Peter.


Mark was the first one of the Evangelists to write the "euangelion (εὐαγγέλιον)", Greek meaning "good news or good message". What was the "good news"? That God sent Jesus Christ, His Son, to reveal to us the Kingdom of God and to save humanity by serving and sacrificing His life for us.


His writing put events in Jesus' life in a "geographical" order according to his journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. He told of Jesus' parables, his miracles, and his passion and death, and his triumphant resurrection. This pattern was followed by two other Evangelists, Matthew, and Luke.


"We proclaim Christ crucified; he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.", this acclamation can sum up the purpose of St. Mark's Gospel. Mark wanted his community to be encouraged by their faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God because they too would face persecution. But his message gave them hope for the resurrection.


Let us rejoice that the Holy Spirit gave St. Mark the inspiration to write the "greatest story ever told!"


Pray to the Holy Spirit for His enlightenment when we read the Gospels of St. Mark.

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