The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother’s house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.
St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark’s cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome with St. Peter and St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.
St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. He is the patron saint of notaries.
The Holy Gospels are essential to us as Christians for they do not only serve as guidelines but as a love letter of Jesus to us written by the Evangelist through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Our Blessed Lord proves His love for us not by mere ink but by the shedding of His own blood on the Cross. The Holy Evangelist like St. Mark gave witness to this and because of his strong conviction he too gave his life for Jesus. Are you willing to be Jesus’ witnesses?
Father, You gave St. Mark the privilege of proclaiming Your gospel. May we profit by his wisdom and follow Christ more faithfully. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever. Amen.