Proclaim the Gospel to every creature

Monday, April 25, 2016

 Proclaim the Gospel to every creature
St. Mark

Today is the feast of St. Mark who gave us one of the 4 gospels. It is the one first written and the shortest. The liturgical gospel of today is taken from Mark and tells of Jesus  at the time of his ascension into heaven telling his apostles and disciples to “Go into the whole world to proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”  The first reading is taken from the first letter of St. Peter who calls Mark his “son.”  Mark learned how to proclaim the Good News from St. Peter and his gospel is probably written reflecting the style and emphasis of St. Peter. Except for four passages. everything that is in Mark’s gospel is also found in at least one of the other 3 gospels. The symbol of Mark is a winged lion. The lion derives from Mark’s description of St. John the Baptist as a "voice of one crying out in the desert" (Mark 1:3)- Artists depict this as a roaring lion.  The wings derive from the 4 winged creatures described in the first chapter of Ezekiel and applied to the four evangelists.  

This is one of the messages in Mark that is not in any other of the gospels:
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come” (Mark 4:26-29).

This is the kingdom in which we live.
As our proclamation of the Good News, we have all been given seeds to scatter
which the Lord nourishes and develops according to his plan for the kingdom.
One day we will reap the harvest we have sown
and join St. Mark in the kingdom.

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