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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Feast of Saint Mark

April 25th is the Feast of Saint Mark on the Liturgical Calendar, and so we celebrate the life and witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ of our patron saint. St. Mark, it is now agreed by scholars, wrote the earliest Gospel account of the life, ministry, death, and rising of Jesus. His Gospel is intense, dramatic, and unrelenting in it's focus on the singular truth it conveys: Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Mark's Gospel ends abruptly, in mid-sentence, without any Resurrection appearance of Jesus. This unsettling fact caused some in the early Church to append endings to the Gospel, to 'round out' the story. We might well speculate that Mark, devoted to the truth of Jesus, desires that we too find a way to end his Gospel, making the story of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Risen from the Dead, the story of our own lives.

We will celebrate the Feast of Saint Mark's on Sunday, April 26, at each service; for the schedule click here.


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