Today we observe the feast of St Mark the Evangelist. An evangelist is, by definition, “a bearer of good news,” and Mark the Evangelist declares his good news in the gospel that bears his name. Mark’s gospel, thought by many to be the earliest of the four gospels and presumed to have been written before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., presents Jesus as the Son of God and bears witness to the mighty works that he did. For those who have eyes to see, Mark wants us to know, these mighty acts are signs of God’s power and evidence of the coming of God’s kingdom.
Early in his gospel the evangelist describes the calling of Jesus’ first disciples. This account, which we have just heard read, is part of Mark’s “good news,” so let’s reflect for a few moments on the story, and see what good news there might be for us in it.