When we were studying Scripture at the seminary our professor encouraged us to read through St Marks gospel in one sitting. It is the shortest gospel, just 16 chapters. Then he told us ask yourself that if this was the only gospel, we had what does it tell me about Jesus. Today we celebrate the feast of St Mark. He was not one of the twelve apostles and was tasked with putting together the stories he had received from tradition.
He is a master storyteller with an eye for visual detail. In the opening prayer of the Mass today we pray “that we profit from Marks teaching so as to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ”. As most of us are forced to stay at home this gives us more time to open to gospels and make them part of our daily reading. Through this reading Jesus shows himself to us.