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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 25, 2015

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SATURDAY, April 25   Saint Mark the Evangelist

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

I am a sucker for good news. I have been known to cry during the evening news when I hear a story about a reunion, a homecoming, a reconciliation, a victory against odds, or someone who has done something exceptional. We can so easily dwell on the news of violence, conflict, and destruction that we forget the good things going on in the world.

Likely written about forty years after Jesus’ death, Mark was the first gospel. Many agree that it actually existed as an oral story passed on between storytellers before that. Regardless, we have every reason to believe that Mark was the first to use “Good News” or “Gospel” to describe the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. He told a story that had the power to change lives.

As we celebrate the feast of Saint Mark today, let us also carry on his work in the word. Along with spreading the Good News of Christ, it is our call as followers of Jesus to tell our own stories of loss, love, resurrection, and transformation, sharing them with others who long for good news.

PRAY for the Diocese of New Hampshire (Province I, The Episcopal Church)

Today the Church remembers Saint Mark the Evangelist.

Ps 2 or 2:7-10; Isaiah 52:7-10; Ephesians 4:7-8, 11-16; Mark 1:1-15 or Mark 16:15-20



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