Today's Reading: 2 Timothy 4:5-18
Luke alone is with me. Bring Mark along with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11)
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. If seeing isn't believing, but hearing is, then how are we going to hear, and what are we supposed to hear? Well, don't worry. Jesus takes care of all of that for you.
We already heard how Jesus sends your pastor, but way before that, He had His Twelve. He chose them, called them, and sent them with His gifts: Word, water, Body and Blood. These Twelve also appointed other men in various places. Sometimes they continued to work closely with Apostles. This was the case for Luke. He worked with Paul and wrote his Gospel and Acts. Mark also worked with Paul, and with Peter. All the while they continued with same gifts of Jesus: Word, water, Body and Blood.
Mark was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write down this Word in the Gospel that bears his name. He wrote that Jesus truly died and really rose (Mark 15:45, 16:1-8). He wrote that Jesus delivers His Body and Blood in the Supper (Mark 14:22-24). He wrote that "whoever believes and is baptized will be saved" (Mark 16:16).
Mark wasn't just useful to Paul for ministry--he's useful to you, too! Jesus used Mark to write "the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" (Mark 1:1). From his Gospel you hear how quickly Jesus went to Calvary for you, how He died for you, how He rose from the dead for you, and how He delivers His forgiveness, life, and salvation to you in His Body and Blood and in the waters of Holy Baptism. That's all Jesus for you, and we know that from the pen of Mark, the Evangelist of Jesus. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty God, You have enriched Your Church with the proclamation of the Gospel through the evangelist Mark. Grant that we may firmly believe these glad tidings and daily walk according to Your Word; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for St. Mark's Day)