Happy feast day of St. Mark, the briefest of the Gospel writers. St. Mark is commonly identified as:
- The figure John Mark from the book of Acts
- The figure referred to in St. Paul’s epistles simply as “Mark”
- The figure in St. Peter’s epistles also referred to simply as “Mark”
- The author of the second gospel
- The first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt
- The lion
Today the Jews ask Jesus: “How long are you going to keep us in suspense?” God has a way of keeping us in suspense. Maybe that’s a good thing. Nah–surely it is. Because it helps us live more fully in the present moment. You never know what God might do next.
Jesus said: “….the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” To what extent is God a stranger in my life? A good question to contemplate today.
You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. -Anne Lamott
What a beautiful quote in my email inbox this morning: “When we accept our faults, we gain compassion for the faults of others.” John Kuypers
St Stephen, the first martyr, has some strong words in our first reading: “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your ancestors.” Yikes. Pray God no one would have just cause to utter those words to us.
Our psalm reads: “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!” Blessed indeed