Thursday 26 April 2018
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.
For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord—Psalm 88(89):2-3, 6-7, 16-17.
Forever I will sing of the goodness of the Lord.
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.
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.