April 25 — Feast of Saint Mark

484px-Emmanuel_Tzanes_-_St__Mark_the_Evangelist_-_1657 Today is the Feast of Saint Mark the alleged author of the euphonious Gospel, symbolized by the (winged) lion.

Also possibly John Mark, cousin of Barnabas, the young man who ran away when Jesus was arrested, may have fallen off the log when Jesus said eat my flesh, drink my blood and restored by Peter, the proximate cause of Paul and Barnabas falling out, and Peter’s amanuensis. He is supposed to later have founded the Church in Africa, and become the Bishop of Alexandria.

Most of this is supposition (and there’s lots more), but what all of them entertain is a charming notion which appeals to my sensibilities. That Mark (or John Mark) kept screwing up and kept coming back and giving it one more try. And eventually succeeded. The stories about him are a lot like those of Peter, not by any means a “plaster saint” as so many would like, but a fallible human being who needs all the help he can get.

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Like me. I need all the help I can get also. Every Day!

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