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Deepertruth: St. Mark the Gospel Writer

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St. Mark the Evangelist is recognized as a friend of St. Peter and one of the four Evangelist Gospel writers, he was born of Jewish parents (Aristopolos his father and Mary his mother, migrated to Palestine shortly after the birth of St. Mark) about 13 A.D.. By 33 A.D St. Mark would have been about 20 years old.  His family originally from Libya, just west of Egypt, found a place in Cana Palestine about the time of Jesus public Ministry.  Acts 12:11-12 gives the story of St. Peter coming to the house of Mary, the Mother of John (Mark's surname) as they were praying.  We see the family of St. Mark present during the time of the Apostles. 

St. Peter was married to a relative of St. Mark's father (Aristopolos) and with Mark's father's death, St. Peter took Mark into his own household.  St. Mark became a believer and was baptized by St. Peter who referred to Mark as his son (1 Peter 5:13).  St. Mark was given a good education through St. Peter, Mark's Mother, Mary would be an ardent follower of Jesus Christ and supported Jesus in his travels.  St. Mark was one of the attendants serving the marriage event at Cana where Jesus performed his first public miracle changing the water into wine (John 2:1-11).

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