25th April 2018 (Wednesday)
Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist

Alleluia, alleluia.
We proclaim Christ crucified;
he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: Mark 16:15-20
“Go and preach the Gospel to the whole creation”

15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will  recover.” 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

A Daily Quote for Easter season:

The Gospel proclaimed to all creation, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“The command to the apostles to be witnesses to him in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and even to the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8) was not addressed exclusively to those to whom it was immediately spoken. They alone would not be the only ones who would carry such an enormous task to completion. Similarly he seems to be speaking to the apostles very personally when he says: ‘Behold I am with you even to the end of the world’ (Matthew 28:20), yet who does not know that he made this promise to the universal church which will last from now even to the consummation of the world by successive births and deaths?” (excerpt from LETTER 199,TO HESYCHIUS 49)

Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, through the gift of your Holy Spirit, you fill us with an indomitable spirit of praise and joy which no earthly trial can subdue. Fill me with your resurrection joy and help me to live a life of praise and thanksgiving for your glory. May I witness to those around me the joy of the Gospel and the reality of your victory over the grave and gift of everlasting life.”

 

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