The beginning of the gospel – Mark 1:1
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The gospel message, euangelion or “good news,” begins with Jesus Christ. It is the message about him and his coming and about his work. Mark’s book gives us the story of his life, death and resurrection. Unlike the quotation that allegedly comes from St. Francis of Assisi, it is full of words from beginning to end.
You may know the little saying that I am talking about, the one that says,
Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.
With respect to this saying, a little debunking is in order. First of all, it is not likely that Francis ever said it. Second, he did gobs of verbal preaching, so he evidently thought using words was necessary pretty much all the time.
How on earth can news, bad or good, be faithfully and continuously communicated without words…
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