Learn More About St Mark and His Gospel

Learn more about St. Mark and his Gospel

by Daniel J. Harrington, SJ

In the Year B (2012, 2015, etc.) in the Catholic Church’s lectionary of Scripture readings for Mass, the Gospel of St. Mark is featured prominently.

Mark's Gospel is now generally regarded as the earliest Gospel. It presents a stark and challenging portrait of Jesus' public ministry, which leads into a dramatic account of his passion and death. It has often been described as a passion narrative with a long introduction. Mark presents Jesus as a wise teacher and a powerful and compassionate healer. But he also insists that this Jesus can be properly understood only when we confront the mystery of the cross and Jesus' identity as a suffering Messiah. For this reason Mark's work is sometimes called the Gospel of Suffering. As we study and pray through this text, we will have to face the suffering of Jesus the Son of God and the suffering that is part of our lives as individuals and as citizens of the world.


Excerpted from Meeting St. Mark Today,  by Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.


Books about St. Mark and his Gospel
Meeting St. Mark Today
Discovering the Man, His Mission, and His Message

Daniel J. Harrington offers a clear, relevant, and respectful presentation of Mark’s Gospel written for people in the pews.
  Mark: Getting to Know Jesus
Six Weeks with the Bible
 

Marcos: Conociendo a Jesús
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Mark: Getting to Know Jesus
Six Weeks with the Bible for Catholic Teens

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ 

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, is professor of New Testament at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Cambridge, MA.

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Books by Daniel J. Harrington, SJ

Meeting St. Paul Today

Understanding the Man, His Mission, and His Message

The letters of St. Paul permeate just about everything Christians believe and practice, but many of us know very little about St. Paul. In Meeting St. Paul Today, Daniel Harrington, SJ, brings the letters of Paul and the apostle himself to life.

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Meeting St. Matthew Today

Understanding the Man, His Mission, and His Message

Daniel J. Harrington offers a clear, relevant, and respectful presentation of Matthew's Gospel written for people in the pews.

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Meeting St. Luke Today

Understanding the Man, His Mission, and His Message

Biblical scholar Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, helps people in the pew uncover both the theological and literary beauty of the Gospel of Luke. For more information and the Gospel of Luke, visit our Cycle C Resources pages.

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Meeting St. John Today

Daniel J. Harrington offers a clear, relevant, and respectful presentation of John's Gospel written for people in the pews.

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Meeting St. Mark Today

Discovering the Man, His Mission, and His Message

Meeting St. Mark Today by renowned Catholic scholar Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, offers laypeople a clear, concise, and respectful presentation of Mark’s Gospel while highlighting what Jesus’ suffering means for us today.

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