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  • Reading's

    First Reading

    Peter 5:5b-14...
    25/04/2017

    Humility towards one another must be the garment you all wear constantly, because God opposes the proud but accords his favour to the humble. Bow down, then, before the power of God now, so that he may raise you up in due time; unload all your burden on to him, since he is concerned about you. Keep sober and alert, because your enemy the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand up to him, strong in faith and in the knowledge that it is the same kind of suffering that the community of your brothers throughout the world is undergoing. You will have to suffer only for a little while: the God of all grace who called you to eternal glory in Christ will restore you, he will confirm, strengthen and support you. His power lasts for ever and ever. Amen. I write these few words to you through Silvanus, who is a trustworthy brother, to encourage you and attest that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it! Your sister in Babylon, who is with you among the chosen, sends you greetings; so does my son, Mark. Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ.


    Gospel

    Mark 16:15-20...
    25/04/2017

    Jesus said to the Eleven, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’ And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven; there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.


  • Daily Reflections

    Reflection

    2nd Week of Easter...
    25/04/2017

    Jesus’ last words to his apostles point to his saving mission and to their mission to be witnesses of his saving death and his glorious resurrection and to proclaim the good news of salvation to the whole the world. All believers have been given a share in this task—to be heralds of the good news and ambassadors for Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world. We have not been left alone in this task, for the risen Lord works in and through us by the power of his Holy Spirit. The Gospel is the power of God—the power to forgive sins, to heal, to deliver from evil and oppression, and to restore life. It was the power of the Gospel that inspired St. Mark to evangelize during the missionary journeys he made along with Paul and his cousin Barnabas. How do you exercise your responsibility to be a herald of the Good News and an ambassador for Jesus?


  • Saint of the Day

    Saint Mark

    Mark was the son of Mary, a prominent member of the Christian community in Jerusalem and an old friend of Saint Peter, in whose house the brethren were accustomed to assemble. We first hear of Mark when Paul and Barnabas take him along to Antioch in 46 AD and then on the first apostolic journey to Cyprus. Here Mark separated himself from Paul and Barnabas and returned to Jerusalem on account of certain disagreements. But it was not long before Mark and Paul resolved their differences whereby, around 60 AD, the two were together in Rome, preparing to return to the Churches of Asia Minor. Mark seems to have gone to Egypt from Aquileia and there founded the See of Alexandria. In 61 Paul wrote to Timothy at Ephesus, asking him to bring Mark with him to Rome, and it was while Mark was in the Eternal City that he wrote his vivid Gospel account which is a faithful record of the oral teaching of Saint Peter. Ancient tradition claims that this second Gospel was, at the request of the Roman Christians, originally written in Greek. Mark also probably evangelized the region of Aquileia at the northern extremity of the Adriatic whence the inhabitants fled some 400 years later at Attila’s approach and founded the famous lagoon city of Venice. Mark is considered a great Patron Saint of the city, his body having been stolen from Alexandria, Egypt, by Venetian soldiers in 815 and placed under the high altar of the magnificent basilica named after him in Venice. Reflection: “If any man wishes to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:33).

Agenda Paolina

 25/04/2017

† FSP: Sr. M. Caterina Tosone (2005) - Sr. M. Grazia Vaz (2013) - Sr. M. Gracia Salazar (2015) • PD: Sr. M. Maddalena Guido (1975) - Sr. M. Emma Paruzzo (2000) • SJBP: Sr. Agostina De Luca (2011).

Thoughts

 25/04/2017 Live like St. Paul as you live in imitation of St. Mark, St. Titus, St. Timothy, St. Luke and St. Tecla (FSP34, p. 94).

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