Prayer of the Day
Third Week of Easter – Feast of St. Mark, EvangelistApril 25th, 2015
St. Mark was disciple of St. Peter and closely associated with Peter, Paul and Barnabas. It is thought he wrote his Gospel in Rome under the influence of Peter. By its very nature the Church is missionary. For Christ sent his Apostles out to preach the Good News to all people of good will. Before his Ascension, Christ said to his Apostles; “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.” (Mark 16 : 16) That was their mission.
Once they received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they immediately began to spread Christ’s message of Universal Salvation. As Christians, we are all called to preach the Gospel. We are to-day’s Apostles. All Christian parents are missionaries in the home. They teach their children the truths of the faith. It is in the home the child first hears about God and is taught to pray. There, they are prepared for the reception of the Sacraments. In a sense every home is the Church in miniature. The Irish Church has always been a missionary Church going back to the time of St. Patrick. They travelled to the four corners of the then known world to bring the Good News of the Gospel to those who had never heard of God.