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Saint Mark: Gospel Writer, Evangelist and My Inspiration

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I have a special affinity for Saint Mark, especially for his writing style. Like Saint Mark, I try to say what I need to say in as few words as possible. When reading the Gospel of Mark, you find crisp, clear passages, delivered with precision; no fluff. As an evangelist, Saint Mark was the first to document the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He considered his Gospel as a message, or announcement, of the Good News of Jesus’ salvific actions. In true evangelical form, the message, as documented, is timeless. Consider this: Within the Gospel of Mark, Jesus asks 42 questions. Here’s just a few: Who are my mother and brothers? (Mark 3:33)Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith? (Mark 4:40)Who do people say that I am? (Mark 8:27)What do you wish me to do for you? (Mark 10:51)Why are you testing me? (Mark 12:15-16) Saint Mark: My Inspiration! Over the next few months, as we traverse through the Year B cycle of Gospel readings from Saint Mark, I will address these questions …

Gospel According to Saint Mark: Time of Fulfillment (Mark 1:15)

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Mark’s Gospel Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Mark, author of the Gospel According to Saint Mark. In Mark’s Gospel, we read succinct passages central to the life of Christ. Mark was not loquacious, but, rather to the point! His gospel was termed, urgent, brief and direct. For example, the evangelist’s entire message can be considered summed up within one verse: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

Mark wrote his gospel for the Roman Gentiles. Therefore, he wrote it in Greek, sometime around 67-70 A.D. It is considered to be the first of the four Gospels to be documented in writing. Saint Mark portrayed Jesus as... Read more...