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Monday, April 25th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 16:15-20.


Saint Mark, evangelist – Feast

25 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up

into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 16:15-20.

Jesus said to the eleven: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents (with their hands), and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

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DAILY MASS – Monday 25 April 2016 

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Saint Mark, evangelist – Feast

25 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons (c.130-c.208),

Bishop, theologian and martyr
Against the heresies, III, 1

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature”

     The Lord of all bestowed on his apostles the power of proclaiming the Gospel. And it is through them that we have come to understand the truth, that is to say the teaching of the Son of God. To them the Lord said: “Whoever listens to you, listens to me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me and rejects the one who sent me” (Lk 10,16). For we have not known the message of salvation from any besides those who brought the Gospel to us.

     This is the Gospel they first of all preached. Then, by God’s will, they handed it on to us in their Writings so that it might become “the pillar and foundation” of our faith (1Tm 3,15). It is not permissible to say they preached before they had acquired perfect understanding, as some people rashly claim who boast of being correctors of the apostles. For indeed, after our Lord had been raised from the dead and the apostles had been “clothed with power from on high” (Lk 24,49) by the coming of the Holy Spirit, they were filled with assurance about everything and possessed perfect knowledge. Then they went forth “to the ends of the world” (Ps 19[18],5; Rom 10,18), proclaiming the Good News of all the good things that have come to us from God and announcing peace on earth to men. Each and all possessed the Gospel of God in equal measure.

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Saint Mark, evangelist – Feast

25 April 2016

Saint of the day

St. Mark, Evangelist

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SAINT MARK
Evangelist
(1st century)

        St. Mark was a companion of the Prince of the Apostles, whom he accompanied to Rome, acting there as his secretary or interpreter. When St. Peter was writing his first epistle to the churches of Asia, he affectionately joins with his own salutation that of his faithful companion, whom he calls “my son Mark.”

        The Roman people entreated St. Mark to put in writing for them the substance of St. Peter’s frequent discourses on Our Lord’s life. This the Evangelist did under the eye and with the express sanction of the apostle, and every page of his brief but graphic gospel so bore the impress of St. Peter’s character, that the Fathers used to name it “Peter’s Gospel”

        St. Mark was now sent to Egypt to found the Church of Alexandria. Here his disciples became the wonder of the world for their piety and asceticism, so that St. Jerome speaks of St. Mark as the father of the anchorites, who at a later time thronged the Egyptian deserts. Here, too, he set up the first Christian school, the fruitful mother of many illustrious doctors and bishops.

        After governing his see for many years, St. Mark was one day seized by the heathen, dragged by ropes over stones, and thrown into prison. On the morrow the torture was repeated, and having been consoled by a vision of angels and the voice of Jesus, St. Mark went to his reward.

        It is to St. Mark that we owe the many slight touches which often give such vivid coloring to the Gospel scenes, and help us to picture to ourselves the very gestures and looks of our blessed Lord.
    It is he alone who notes that in the temptation Jesus was “with the beasts;” that he slept in the boat “on a pillow;” that he “embraced” the little children.
    He alone preserves for us the commanding words “Peace, be still!” by which the storm was quelled; or even the very sounds of his voice, the “Ephpheta” and “Talitha cumi,” by which the dumb were made to speak and the dead to rise.
    So, too, the “looking round about with anger,” and the “sighing deeply,” long treasured in the memory of the penitent apostle, who was himself converted by his Saviour’s look, are here recorded by his faithful interpreter.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

Mark 16:15-20

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“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

Psalms 23(22):1-3a.3b-4.5.6. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful

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