are you learning your lessons?
“Bow humbly under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may lift you high.” —1 Peter 5:6
John Mark, later known to the world as St. Mark, learned about the power of communal prayer when he saw St. Peter miraculously freed from prison through the prayers of those gathered at his mother’s house (Acts 12:12ff).
John Mark learned about serving the poor and building unity between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians when he accompanied Sts. Barnabas and Paul on a relief mission (Acts 12:25).
John Mark learned about spiritual warfare and his own weaknesses when he quit the first missionary journey of the early Church (Acts 13:13).
John Mark learned that we don’t always get a second chance when Paul refused to take him on a second missionary journey (Acts 15:38). He learned that we sometimes do get a second chance when Barnabas took him on a missionary journey (Acts 15:39). He learned more about Jesus and His Church when he was spiritually adopted by Peter (1 Pt 5:13).
John Mark learned about Jesus, the Church, prayer, the poor, unity, mission, people, and life. Then the Lord chose John Mark to write one of the Gospels. The Holy Spirit graced him to write some of the most important words ever written (see Mk 1:1ff).
The Lord is teaching you now. If you learn your lessons, you will see the Holy Spirit work through you in wondrous ways.
Prayer: Father, may I be docile every day.
Promise: “Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you.” —1 Pt 5:7
Praise: St. Mark spread the gospel far beyond his homeland and people by obeying the promptings of the Holy Spirit and writing it down for countless others to read.
Reference: (Open your heart and soul to the powerful work of the Spirit through our retreat May 19-21, Additional Life in the Spirit. See www.presentationministries.com for more information or call 513-373-2397.)
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