"Just who is St. Mark, the author of this short but action-packed Gospel? Using outside sources, other books of the Bible, and the Gospel itself, Dr. Gray takes a closeup look at St. Mark, and his connection with St. Peter and the Christians of Rome.
The opening lines of Mark's Gospel proclaim that Jesus is, without a doubt, the Son of God. He is the one for whom the way is being prepared. As Jesus sets out on that way, fulfilling the Old Testament _prophecies and prefigurements, Mark shows the Son doing precisely the work of the Father.
Following his baptism in the Jordan River and temptation in the wilderness, Jesus returns to Galilee where he invites the first disciples to follow behind him, and begins the work of regathering the scattered people of God.
When Jesus says to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven," the scribes and Pharisees are taken aback and question, "Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Who is this Jesus who has come to earth with heavenly authority, not just to heal temporal ills but for much more. As his mission unfolds, oppo...
Jesus's appointing of the Twelve Apostles and his many mighty signs show him as the mighty savior who rescues us from the snares of the devil and from sin, saving us from oppression and for the intimate relationship of discipleship.
The voice of the Lord calls the cosmos into existence and shakes all creation with its power. Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God, speaks with the same power and authority. But we must have ears to hear if his word is to bear fruit in our lives.
"In the midst of a great storm the disciples cry out in fear. Jesus's words to his frightened disciples are also a challenge to us. In the storms of our life, will we focus on the wind and waves and give in to fear, or will we keep our eyes firmly fixed on Christ in faith?
"The mystery of the bread, the Eucharistic Presence of God, begins to be revealed in the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Jesus reveals himself as the divine giver of a new manna. Yet, as Isaiah foretold, the disciples struggle to understand the significance of his deeds.
"As Jesus makes his way to Jerusalem, three times he predicts his approaching Passion. In response to the disciples' rejection of his words, Jesus works to heal their understanding both of his kingship and of the true nature of Christian discipleship.
"As the final week before his Passion begins, Jesus has stern warnings for those who would oppose God by rejecting his beloved Son. Will we also reject his words, or will we heed the call to be faithful by rendering unto God the things that are God's?
"The Temple in Jerusalem was God's glorious dwelling with his chosen people, but it was only a house made by human hands. Jesus proclaims a new Temple, not made with hands, that surpasses the stone building in Jerusalem. Jesus gives himself to us and to dwell in our hearts, anticipating the day t...
"In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus's hour finally arrives—the hour of betrayal and suffering, but also the hour of salvation and glory. Christ the King will be falsely accused, mocked, and tortured, but he will ascend the throne of the Cross and draw the whole world into his reign of love.
Episode 13: Jesus's Suffering, Death and Resurrection
"Those mocking Jesus at the foot of the Cross are silenced when he utters a single sentence. As Jesus breathes his last and the Temple veil is torn, Mark records the words uttered by the Roman centurion, words which signal that God's people will finally see, hear and understand.
Often considered to be St. Peter's account of the life of Christ as told to St. Mark, this gospel is action-packed and emphasizes discipleship. St. Mark stresses the struggle of taking up one's cross every day and following Jesus by including details about the fleeing disciple in the Garden of Ge...