April 25, 2016 – Monday in the 5th Week of Easter

Saint for the day: Mark, Evangelist (1st century)

God's Rainbow

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

1 Peter 5:5-14    –    Psalm 89    –    -Mark 16:15-20

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

These words, the opening of today’s Gospel, are very much a part of our Easter celebrations. In fact, if I have done my research properly, the feast of St. Mark always falls within the Easter time of celebration. So, he is an important symbol for us to carry out this same task, especially since he was not one of the Apostles and experienced some difficulties with St. Paul somewhere along the way. So, these are two reasons for me to have some hope for myself since I, too, fit those two characteristics. Just because we say “yes to Jesus” doesn’t necessarily mean that we will have it “all together” or not have to suffer some setbacks while we’re on our journey to the Kingdom.

There was a time, earlier in my religious life, that I had a “run in” with my superior over an impending assignment and I was actually given an ultimatum: “either go there and exercise some kind of ministry … or else… The “or else” was to painful for me to repeat here in this reflection and wouldn’t serve any purpose for this reflection today.

In the end, I went to that new assignment which turned out to be the wonderful beginning of a totally new phase of my religious life and I was able to do new ministries that I never dreamed possible. As I look back – even though I’m not sure that I would credit my superior with bringing that about – I can see that God can still write straight with crooked lines.

Even though St. Mark had his “run in” with Paul, God was still able to bring about the spread of the Gospel through him and we are richer for his gift of preaching and proclaiming the Resurrected Lord. The “bottom line” that I would suggest with this example is to have some level of trust that the Holy Spirit can work wonders in our lives if we are able to trust that God will never give us more than we can handle. Sometimes we just have to re-adjust our sights in order to see beyond the “clouds of doom” where the rainbow of God’s promise begins to appear. What is it that they say? “When all you seem to be given is lemons don’t cry about it. Make lemonade! Amen!

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