Mark in the Lectionary

Thomas D. Stegman SJ

This article sets forth key Markan themes following the celebration of Corpus Christi through the remainder of Ordinary Time. Thomas D. Stegman SJ is associate professor of New Testament at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, USA.

On Sunday, June 17 the Church goes back to a semi-continuous reading of the gospel of Mark in this Year B of the Sunday lectionary cycle. From the eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time through the thirty-third Sunday, we will hear a generous portion of selections from this gospel, the earliest written account of Jesus? ministry, death, and resurrection. A notable exception is that, from the seventeenth through to the twenty-first Sundays, the gospel readings come from the sixth chapter of John?s gospel.

In 1896 Martin K?hler famously described Mark?s gospel as a passion narrative with an extended introduction. In fact, Mark inserts ?passion pointers? at key intervals throughout his text.

Login for more...