Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gospel commented, "hands the faith of the apostles on to the whole world" Saint Mark 16:15-20

First Letter of Peter 5:5b-14. 
Beloved:  Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for:  God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble. 
So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 
Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. 
Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for (someone) to devour. 
Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. 
The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ (Jesus) will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. 
To him be dominion forever. Amen. 
I write you this briefly through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Remain firm in it. 
The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son. 
Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. 

Psalms 89(88):2-3.6-7.16-17. 
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever; 
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. 
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”; 
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. 

The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD, 
and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones. 
For who in the skies can rank with the LORD? 
Who is like the LORD among the sons of God? 

Blessed the people who know the joyful shout; 
in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk. 
At your name they rejoice all the day, 
and through your justice they are exalted. 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 16:15-20. 
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. 
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 
These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. 
They will pick up serpents (with their hands), and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." 
So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. 
But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.) 

Saint Mark hands the faith of the apostles on to the whole world

      The Church, though dispersed throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and their disciples faith in one God, the Father Almighty, "Maker of heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them" (Ex 20:11; Ac 4:24); in one Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who became incarnate for our salvation; in the Holy Spirit, who proclaimed through the prophets the dispensations of God, and the coming, birth from a virgin, passion, and resurrection from the dead, and the ascension into heaven in the flesh of the beloved Christ Jesus, our Lord; and his manifestation from heaven in the glory of the Father "to gather all things in one," (Ep 1:19) and to raise up anew all flesh of the whole human race, in order that to Christ Jesus, our Lord and God, Saviour and King, according to the will of the invisible Father, "every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess" (Ph 2:10-11) him, and that he should execute just judgment towards all… 

      The Church, having received this preaching and this faith, although scattered throughout the whole world, carefully preserves it as if occupying but one house. She also believes these things as if she had only "one soul and one and heart" (Ac 4:32); she proclaims them and teaches them and hands them down with perfect harmony, as if she possessed only one mouth. Although the languages of the world are varied, the strength of the tradition is one and the same. For the Churches which have been planted in Germany do not believe or hand down anything different, nor do those in Spain, nor those in Gaul, nor those in the East, nor those in Egypt, nor those in Libya, nor those which have been established in the central regions of the world. As the sun, that creature of God, is one and the same throughout the whole world, so also the preaching of the truth shines everywhere, and enlightens all men that are willing to come to knowledge of the truth.

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