Pastor’s Reflection for April 24, 2016
This Monday we celebrate the feast of St. Mark. Both he and his mother were highly esteemed in the early Church. It is said that his mother’s home served as a meeting place for Christians in Jerusalem. St. Mark assisted Paul and Barnabas (who was Mark’s cousin) on their first apostolic journey. We know that in the early days of the Church, he was a travel companion of St. Peter and wrote down the sermons of Peter. He became the first bishop of Alexandria and is honored as the founder of Christianity in Africa.
St. Mark wrote his Gospel sometime before the year 60 A.D. It is the first written and shortest of all the Gospels. He wrote it in Greek and was written for the Gentile converts to Christianity. The source of his writing is thought to be from the teachings of St. Peter.
Anytime that we have a feast of an evangelist, it is a good reminder of the importance of Scripture. We hold that Scripture is the word of God and we read in 2 Timothy 3:16-17; “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” St. Jerome said that ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. We were created to be friends with God and how can one be a friend if he does not listen to the other? How can we know what is true if we do not listen to God who is the truth? Scripture is a necessity for our spiritual life and health of our souls. To follow the teachings of Jesus is not easy but His way leads to life and to inner peace. What is troubling today is the ignorance of so many as to the teachings of Jesus. We even have laws that are in total opposition to the ways that are taught in Scripture which is God’s word to us. Some examples would be those concerning abortion and same sex marriage.
I would encourage you to spend some time reading Scripture each day. There are many helpful aids to help in understanding the Scriptures. One helpful aid would be the Catholic Commentary On Sacred Scripture. You can either visit their website at http://www.catholiccommentaryonsacredscripture.com or you can purchase the books on Amazon.com. You may also consider attending daily Mass. You would be hearing the Scripture of the Church for that day.
I will be available for confessions on Monday, April 25, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,