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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 25, 2017

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TUESDAY, April 25      Saint Mark, Evangelist

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.

Each of us receives the call to evangelism in our baptismal waters. None of us will live out that call quite in the same way that Mark did. But one of the great gifts of Christian community is having people who can accompany us as we ask questions about the gifts we have been given and as we test those gifts in service to the world.

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.

PRAY for the Diocese of Mytikyina (Myanmar)

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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