THE sending out of the seventytwo disciples, of whom Se Mark is reputed to have been one. Whether he actually was of this company is uncertain but in any case, this Passage from St. Luke's Gospel, recording our Lord's words in commissioning His messengers, indicates that the Saint is commemorated as preacher and teachee.
These terms would apply to him as the author of what is generally regarded as the earliest of the four Gospels and that on which, to some extent, the accounts of Matthew and Luke arc based. The significance 'of the fact that the word "Evangelist " is applied both to those who preached the Gospel and those who wrote our Gospels throws light on our use of the word "Gospel." The first preachers of Christianity simply told the story of our Lord's Life, Death and Resurrection. Like
the faith of ancient Israel, that of the Church, which develops it, is based oil certain historical facts: the Credo is both a recital of those facts and a statement of faith.
The Facts are of such a nature that they compelled those who believe in them to publish them abroad. It was not the Evangelists who made the Gospel but the Gospel that made the Evangelists. The story they told, when its implications were realised, could not be kept to themselves. One of those who understanding their significance, was under this compulsion was St. Mart.
In the Offiee for the week will be found the undertones of Easter, They recur particularly in the hymns at Vespers and Lauds. And this is entirely fitting. for the Resurrection is the climax of the story which the Evangelists told. Having related this Event and it/3 sequel, the Ascension, there was no more they could do than lay down thei pens to adore their risen and ascended Lord. which is what the Liturgy for the Feast of St. Mark bids us also do.
STANLEY B. JAMES.