About Year B, Mark
Download the complete summary on Year B and an introduction to Mark
What do we know about the Gospel writer Mark?
Mark’s Gospel is usually considered the first of the Gospels written. The writers of Luke and Matthew appear to have used Mark’s Gospel as a framework and foundation for their Gospels. Mark is not written in sophisticated Greek. Mark is unclear about details and doesn’t spend much time with descriptions. There is a sense of urgency to his writing. The audience probably knew the story of Jesus, but needed support during the turbulent times of persecution.
What is unique about the Gospel of Mark?
Mark is the shortest of the Gospels beginning its story with Jesus as an adult. Mark’s Gospel portrays Jesus as teacher. There is a sense of immediacy and urgency. Fear is a theme throughout the Gospel. (This Gospel was probably written during a time of Christian persecution and fear.) Mark’s Gospel ends abruptly with the women not telling anyone about the resurrection because they were afraid. (Mark 16:8) Theories about this abrupt ending include a lost section or an intentional literary device to challenge people to not be afraid. (Bibles usually list several alternative endings.)
What can the Gospel of Mark teach me about being a disciple of Jesus Christ?
Mark’s Gospel begins with announcing the good news of Jesus Christ. Disciples are invited to overcome their fear, repent, believe, follow Jesus, and receive the kingdom of God.