The feast of St. Mark is a reminder of our vocation to be evangelizers. In that regard, I read a wonderful passage last night in the book Sr. Julia so heartily recommended (and which you will soon hear her recommend in an upcoming video book review). The book is "Fully Human, Fully Divine," and even though the subtitle is "An Interactive Christology" (what does that mean?), it really is a handbook on discipleship. At any rate, the author, Michael Casey (a Trappist) writes this about the call to "go out to the whole world": "It is easy to mutter about pastors not practicing what they preach. Yet we all sin in many ways; if we silenced sinners, who would proclaim the Gospel? Those whom Jesus sent forth to announce the demands of God's kingdom were sinners like ourselves.... We cannot realistically expect the Church of today to be any better than that of the Apostles."
So there's no excusing ourselves from our mission!