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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 26, 2021

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MONDAY, April 26                    Saint Mark, tr

Mark 16:20 And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist. Thanks be to God for Mark, as well as the other evangelists, Matthew, Luke, and John. Think of how impoverished our lives as Christians would be if these recorders of the Good News had not left us records of the life, ministry, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus? It’s scarcely imaginable.

Mark’s Gospel is the shortest of the four. A friend of mine used a sabbatical to memorize the entire gospel, and he regularly recites the whole thing for rapt audiences. It takes a little over an hour, and the story is gripping as it moves along at what seems like a breakneck pace.

I hope you’ll consider reading the whole Gospel of Mark. Reading an entire gospel at once gives us the big picture. And I know that every time I read an entire gospel at once, I am inevitably inspired to proclaim good news, because the story of Jesus Christ is too good to keep to myself.

MOVING FORWARD: Visit thecenterforbiblicalstudies.org for reading plans and study guides for the Gospel of Mark.

PRAY for the Diocese of Brasilia (Brazil)

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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