READINGS for 2008-04-25
Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist
BECAUSE OF LOVE
And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another. – 1 Peter 5:5
“No, I can’t take it sitting down.”
“I have to fight and let him know he’s wrong.”
This is my reaction whenever I feel that something wrong was done or decided on by a higher authority, especially if it affects me or the people around me. Being an analytical person, I would scrutinize in my mind or with someone else the negative impact of a decision or action, and even the motivation for doing so. It would affect me so much that I would even dream about it, get migraine because of it, and a host of other “stressinduced” illnesses.
“The world is not perfect because of love,” the priest said during the recollection of Retreat in Daily Life participants. I felt convicted. I had become too critical, judgmental and too idealistic, unwilling to accept flaws of persons in authority,
especially those who are over me.
Nobody is perfect. The world is not perfect. I am not perfect. That’s why the Lord asked us to love one another. That’s why we have been given the power to love. And it is this love that has the power to transform the world, the people in it and most of all, myself. Tess Atienza
What you cannot accept in others is probably a projection of what you cannot accept in yourself.
Give me Your heart, O Lord, so that I may still love despite all the imperfections around me and within me.
The call to leadership has to be discerned carefully as it involves great responsibility. A leader takes on more than simply the responsibility for his own life – he also takes a certain responsibility for the way in which he teaches and leads others. If he leads someone on the wrong path, then he is at least partially responsible for that person’s errors. If we are going to take on a leadership or teaching role in the Church community or indeed anywhere, we should remember this and act soberly at all times.
1 Peter 5: 5b-14
5 Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: “God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.” 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. 8 Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. 10 The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. 11 To him be dominion forever. Amen. 12 I write you this briefly through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Remain firm in it. 13 The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
P S A L M
Psalm 89: 2-3, 6-7, 16-17
R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
1  The favors of the LORD I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. 2  For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”; in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. (R) 5  The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD, and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones. 6  For who in the skies can rank with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the sons of God? (R) 15  Blessed the people who know the joyful shout; in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk. 16  At your name they rejoice all the day, and through your justice they are exalted. (R)
G O S P E L
Each baptized Christian is given the authority and call to be a part of the mission of the Church. None of us can afford to sit back and leave all the work of evangelization to others. We all have a part to play in the mission of the Church. This is the least we can expect. The gift of salvation is such a wonderful gift that we should be eagerly looking for ways to contribute to the spread of the Gospel. Let us pray daily for enlightenment in this area of our lives.
Mark 16: 15-20
15 He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. 18 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.” 19 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. 20 But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.
think: None of us can afford to sit back and leave all the work of evangelization to others.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Numbers 31-33
LEAVING OUR MARK
Today is the feast of St. Mark, the Evangelist. We know very little about Mark. The little we know about him is from his work for the Lord.
The First Reading today (1 Peter 5:5-14) tells us that Mark was like a son to Peter. He was Peter’s loyal aide and Paul’s reconciled friend.
We also know that Mark wrote the shortest, oldest and bluntest of the Gospels. He wrote the Gospel for Christians who were restless over the delay of the Second Coming of the Lord and were frightened by the virulent persecution waged against them. If you cut the gospel written by Mark into equal halves, you will discover that its very center is the verse where Jesus says, “If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross and follow me.” Discipleship and the Cross form the heart of Mark’s gospel. Discipleship is his response to the Lord. The Cross is his Good News to the world.
I wonder, hundreds of years from now, if someone accidentally comes across anything that will identify us, what will that be? How will we be known to generations we will never know? Will they also say, “We know very little about this person, but we know what he did for the Lord and what the Lord does for us now because of him.” This we now say about Mark. Can they say the same about us even long after we are gone?
It depends on what mark we leave behind. It will do us well to reflect on this today — Mark’s feast day. Fr. Bobby Titco
Reflection Question: It is by loving like Jesus that the world will know that we are His disciples.
Stamp Your image on us, O Jesus, so that wherever we go we may leave a mark of You on people we meet. May they know very little about us but very much about You. Amen.
St. Mark, evangelist, pray for us.
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