Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist April 25, 2107 Homily
First Peter 5:5-14
The work of the Evangelist Mark we may conclude was to accompany Peter in his ministry in Rome.
Babylon was the code word for Rome and Mark is thought to have worked there in Christian community.
The advice to the community is about humility and patience. Solidarity in suffering with other believers “throughout the world” is also a part of the advice given by Peter.
Think of believers in God, the Lord, the Divine Presence, the Divine who “suffer” for their beliefs because their beliefs are not respected by people with other “beliefs”.
Jesús in the Gospel of Mark gives a simple and universal command to the Eleven, to all believers and to us.
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”
After Jesús instructs the Eleven he “was taken up into heaven..”
The Eleven respond by following the command of Jesús to preach everywhere.
We are told in the conclusion of the Gospel: “The Lord worked with them (the Eleven) and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.”
May we be faithful to the word and may the Lord’s signs be worked in and through us.