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Ephesians 4:11-12a The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
From a young age I had been raised to think I would become a tax attorney and take over my father’s law practice. Through the gift of community discernment and a wonderful college chaplain, I was encouraged to discern a call to ordained ministry. Without the encouragement of my community, I might not be where I am today.
Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist. What if Mark had striven to be something or someone else? What if he had not lived into the call to share the gospel of Jesus but rather tried to thwart his calling and tried to be anything other than himself?
MOVING FORWARD: Offer encouragement to a neighbor today and help build up the body of Christ in your community.
Today the Church remembers Saint Mark the Evangelist.