the mark of humility
“Clothe yourselves with humility, because God ‘is stern with the arrogant but to the humble He shows kindness.’ ” —1 Peter 5:5
After Mark quit the first missionary journey (Acts 13:13), he changed his mind and was willing to be taken on the second missionary journey (Acts 15:37). This may have been an act of repentance and humility. When St. Paul refused to take St. Mark (Acts 15:38), Mark must have eventually accepted this, for Mark was later on good terms with Paul (see Col 4:10; 2 Tm 4:11). This reconciliation required acts of humility from both Mark and Paul. Mark later humbled himself and sought to be discipled and fathered by St. Peter (see 1 Pt 5:13). Like all Christians, Mark was repeatedly called to humble himself. Mark accepted some of those calls.
As Mark humbled himself, the Lord showed great kindness to him (see 1 Pt 5:5). The Lord promised: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, but whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Mt 23:12). In Mark’s humility, the Lord exalted him by choosing him to compose one of the Gospels. The Lord even made Mark a canonized saint, internationally recognized for centuries as a model disciple. Even churches and cities are named after Mark. The Lord continues to work through Mark’s intercession and ministry in an amazing way.
We can also be exalted like Mark, if we will humble ourselves as Jesus did (see Phil 2:8). Humble yourself.
Prayer: Father, I’m never useless to You. I am all Yours.
Promise: “The man who believes in [the good news] and accepts baptism will be saved.” —Mk 16:16
Praise: St. Mark dropped out of the first mission. He grew in the Spirit and later wrote a Gospel to proclaim Jesus throughout the ages.
Reference: St. Mark dropped out of the first mission. He grew in the Spirit and later wrote a Gospel to proclaim Jesus throughout the ages.
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