Wed 25 Apr, 2012
St. Mark, an evangelist, is thought to have written the first gospel around 60A.D. even though his is the second in the canon, following St. Matthew’s. He is believed to have been the cousin of St. Barnabus and was a companion to both St. Peter and St. Paul. His mother was an early convert and their home was a place where Christians gathered early on. Some hold that Mark established the church in Alexandria.
Tradition also holds that St. Mark’s gospel is based upon Mark’s writing down of Jesus’ story according to St. Peter. He is usually depicted holding a pen in one hand and the Bible in another with a lion close by which is the traditional symbol of Mark the Evangelist.
Today we honor his contributions to the Catholic faith and his life’s example of following and helping where needed. May we all be eager to write the gospel with our lives and be at peace with little recognition, knowing that Christ himself is the light to which we attest. May we “prepare the way of the Lord.” (Mk 1:3c)
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