St. Mark the Evangelist – 25th April

St. Mark

Lived: | Feast Day: Monday, April 25, 2016

Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. (When Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark’s mother.)

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“After their departure [of Peter and Paul from earth], Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, did also hand down to us in writing what had been preached by Peter” – (St. Irenaeus ‘Against Heresies’ 3.1.1).

Each of the four gospel accounts gives us a portrait of Jesus, His life, mission, and teaching. Each is different in style, length, and emphasis, but they all have a common thread and purpose – the proclamation of the good news (gospel) of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – (Mark 1:15). Among the four gospels, St. Mark’s account is unique in many ways. It is the shortest account and seems to be the earliest. Mark the Evangelist was an associate of St. Peter and wrote his gospel in Rome where Peter was based. He wrote…

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