Monday 26 April 2021

About Today Readings

St Mark

1 Peter 5:5-14. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord – Psalm 88(89):2-3, 6-7, 16-17. Mark 16:15-20.

Forever I will sing of the goodness of the Lord

Mark, known as John Mark, was the son of a person named Mary to whose house in Jerusalem Peter went after his escape from prison, and where the early Christians were accustomed to gather.

Today’s first reading has Peter referring to ‘his son, Mark’, showing the close relationship which existed between Peter and this family. Mark travelled with Peter and was sometimes referred to as ‘Peter’s interpreter’. Mark also accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey along with Barnabas and sometimes made later journeys with Barnabas alone.

It is believed Mark wrote his Gospel in Rome after the deaths of Peter and Paul, probably to help the Christians there who were suffering great persecution at that time. From his personal experience with this suffering and persecution, Mark was well qualified to write his Gospel. There is a tradition that Mark later took Christianity to Alexandria and was martyred there.

Even though most of us cannot go out into the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation personally, may the example of John Mark help us to try to be Good News to others daily in and through our own personal sufferings and persecutions, because we believe in the Resurrection of Jesus, as Mark did.

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