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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 25 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Peter 5:5b-14
Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
Mark 16:15-20

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Mark, held by tradition as the first bishop of Alexandria and portrayed in art as the winged lion (from first chapter of Ezekiel).

This evangelist urges us on in our mission of sharing with a lost world, the power and gift of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Mark knows the temptation to take the power of the Gospel and to bury it in personal issues and pain so that the word never gets spoken to another human being. Such was Mark's experience until that rush of grace and fire at Pentecost.

Then this disciple roared with power and proclaimed to others the difference the Lord makes in life. Today, many people are paralyzed by a therapy gospel. We chew and chew on the Word, waiting for some mystical cure to make our lives better. We tell ourselves and our God that we, too, will become bold disciples -- after we have been set on fire.

Mark's advice today would undoubtedly be, "Begin today to witness!" Do not wait until you are five degrees spiritually more mature, ten pounds lighter, or two inches taller. The real miracle of faith begins when the Gospel is given away to another. Faith becomes empowered in mission, not in our prayer chair.

We could best honor our Savior today by following our brother Mark by recommitting our lives to the mission of the church -- to begin to witness to others about what God is doing in our lives and what promise and hope are found in Jesus, the Christ.

~ Fr. Patrick Ryan |

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist

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