Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist

Today, April 25, is the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist.

According to the tradition of the early Church, the Gospel According to Mark reflects the story of Jesus as given by Peter, the chief apostle, to John Mark, cousin of Barnabas and fellow worker of Paul. St. Jerome, who lived in the fourth and early fifth centuries, wrote, “Mark the disciple and interpreter of Peter wrote a short Gospel at the request of the brethren at Rome embodying what he had heard Peter tell. When Peter heard this, he approved it and published it to the churches to be read by his authority…” The tradition goes back even farther, however, and is mentioned by Papias, bishop of Hierapolis in the first half of the second century. Today, most scholars of the Bible find little reason to discard the tradition attributing the Gospel to John Mark, or its connection to Peter. Most scholars also agree that Mark was the first of the four Gospels to be written, probably in Rome just before or soon after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in AD 70.  The symbol of Mark’s Gospel is the lion.

Be Christ for all.  Bring Christ to all.  See Christ in all.

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