Homily 2018 04 25 Traditional solution to St Mark & Synoptic “Problem”

four creatures evangelists

Saint Mark is a Lion, pictured here as a winged Cherub, lower-left in the picture above. Jesus chose none of these, of course, upon which to ride into Jerusalem to His crucifixion. That creature was, instead, a __________.

If you’re reading a bit of the Gospels every day[!] it won’t be long before you know about similarities and differences (complementary) in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Purified by the ardent fire of faith, don’t be afraid of what you see as if you’re being “critical” of the Holy Spirit. Just be open to using that purified reasoning power given you by the same Holy Spirit who inspired the words of the Gospels to be of assistance in forming us into the Living Word of God. This attitude is very Traditional, if you will, as so very many of the Fathers of the Church throughout the centuries made quite the scientific studies of similarities and differences (complementary) in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. All of this helps us to stare at the Sacred Scriptures, listening with our hearts burning within us, finally taking note of the breadth of Matthew, the rabbinic academics of Mark, the incisive ironies of Luke, all of which help us to focus more clearly on Mary’s Divine Son, Jesus.

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