April 25, 2018
(St. Mark, Evangelist)
Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: ‘God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.’ So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. 1_Pt_5:5b-14
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;” Mk_16:15-20
In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke no mention is made of the Pentecost event described by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles; although both Mark and Matthew mention that Jesus was or would be, with the disciples after His Ascension. Luke precedes the Pentecost event of Acts with Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit during the resurrection, in his Gospel. And within the resurrection period described in John’s Gospel, John tells us that Jesus breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit.” Jn 20:22
Thus, when Mark describes Jesus’ commissioning of the Apostles to “Go into the world . . .” just before His ascension, even though there is no Pentecost event described, Mark affirms that “the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.” Mk_16:15-20
You can just imagine the fear. Or at least I can. Yes, we saw something incredibly awesome! But they still want to kill us! And besides, I’m not a public speaker! (Didn’t we hear that from Moses himself, and even the Prophets?) . . .
And yet in HUMILITY, we succumb to God’s will, not ours. If God wants us to be evangelists, He will make us to be so. If God wants us to disregard the fear of death in our evangelization, so will it be. And if, in all of that, God wants us not to fear or worry about anything, Praise be to God – He’s got us covered!
Today, as we commemorate the Feast day of St. Mark the evangelist, whom the Scripture Scholars suggest recorded the words of St. Peter in his Gospel account, we also recognize the time Mark spent with St. Paul and Barnabas in evangelizing the world. Little did they know then, that Mark’s words would literally be spread across the entire globe and still be remembered 2000 years later!
Thanks be to God for our Gospel evangelists!
The winged lion is the symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist. His voice is said to have sounded like that of a roaring lion. This lion symbolism also appears in a vision of the Prophet Ezekiel where four winged creatures represent the four evangelists (Ezekiel 1:10)
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