Feast of Mark, evangelist
An early and enduring giant
Saint Mark the evangelist was one of the first 70 disciples. He is believed to have written the Gospel of Mark, our earliest gospel. But he didn’t stop there. He also founded the Church of Alexandria in Egypt back in the year 42, a few years after Jesus’ death. Alexandria became one of the great centers of early Christianity. Today three churches claim to be the direct heirs of the original Church of Alexandra: Coptic Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, and Coptic Catholic. Saint Mark looms large behind them all, a giant of our tradition. Take him as your inspiration as you write your own “gospel” by living your faith in the world.
Today’s readings: 1 Peter 5:5b-14; Mark 16:15-20 (555).
“They went forth and preached everywhere.”