The Gospel of Mark
St. Mark’s Gospel serves as the focus for the Sunday Readings during Liturgical Year B. Written in the late 60’s of the first century when Christians were being persecuted, the necessity of enduring suffering is addressed throughout the Gospel. This gospel makes clear that acceptance of suffering is the mark of a true follower of Jesus and is at the heart of being His disciple. The other themes highlighted in this earliest Gospel are Jesus’ identity as the Messiah and the proclamation of the Kingdom of God.
The Year 2020
Centuries beyond the days of the early Church, there are people throughout the world still experiencing persecution and suffering. The Gospel of Mark recalls, challenges and motivates us to see and respond to them with the heart of a disciple of Jesus.
This is a season of preparation, anticipation and waiting. The Scripture readings call us to be alert, to be watchful and hopeful and, through patient waiting, to cultivate peace within ourselves and in our world. As disciples in the midst of so much suffering, confusion, unrest and anxiety, let us look long and deep into the darkness as God the Father did at creation. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to once again bring order out of chaos and enkindle in us the fire of his love. The love of the Holy Spirit is the same love that is simply yet profoundly made Flesh in the Incarnation: Emmanuel, “God-with-us”. Christ’s birth is the light that shatters the darkness. Let us prepare for Christ’s coming!
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