HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT MARK, EVANGELIST
THEME: In my name demons will ve casted out, gifts of tongues will be given, sicknesses will. be cured, Says the Lord.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR MONDAY APRIL 25 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 Peter 5:5-14
Psalm 88 :2-3,6-7,16-17
Dear friends in Christ, today we celebrate the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist, who was one of the earliest disciples of the Lord.
*WHO WAS ST MARK THE EVANGELIST?*
St. Mark was identified with one of the seventy disciples that the Lord Jesus had sent to be His missionaries among the people of God.
St. Mark did not only write one of the four canonical Gospels, the Gospel of St. Mark, but he was also instrumental in the establishment of the Church and its hierarchy in several places, most notably in Egypt, where he himself became the first Bishop of Alexandria.
*ABOUT THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading of today, St Peter is telling us that, We are all called to be the ones to proclaim the truth of God to each and every one we encountered in our lives. All of us are entrusted with this same mission that the Lord had given to His Church, and as members of that same Church, we are all part of this great effort in proclaiming the salvation and the love of God in our world today.
*ABOUT THE GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, the Lord told all of His disciples after His Resurrection, that He would send His disciples to proclaim His Good News to all the corners of the world. They will all go forth and spread the words of truth to everyone they encounter, and they will perform miracles and wonders in His Name.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE FEAST OF TODAY?*
Let us all therefore strive to do our best to proclaim the Risen Lord, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, following the examples of St. Mark. We must not take it for granted that we have this faith with us, but we have to continue to nurture it and allow it to grow, that we may be great inspirations for many others.
May all of us do our best to proclaim Him and His truth, His love and mercy to the whole world through our own words, actions and deeds. May the Lord be with us all and may He bless our actions.
St Mark the Evangelist, holy servant of God, pray for us! Amen.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA