We are now in Year B in the Catholic Church’s cycle of Scripture readings and the Gospel of Mark features prominently.
It is generally regarded that Mark is the earliest Gospel. In the pages of this Gospel we are presented with a stark and challenging portrait of Jesus’ public ministry, which in turns leads to a dramatic account of his passion and death. Mark presents Jesus as a wise teacher and a powerful and compassionate healer. Mark is quite clear that to understand Jesus properly he can only be understood when we confront the mystery of the cross and Jesus’ identity as the suffering Messiah.
Mark’s Gospel is sometimes called the Gospel of Suffering. Throughout this cycle of readings 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 citizens of the world.