Sacrifice of the Shepherd

John 10 presented the image of the Good Shepherd.  The herdsman who cares for his flock even to the point of death.  Click HERE for discussion/reflection questions to the above video about this beloved passage.

Year B: The Gospel of Mark

Date of Authorship

Structure of Mark

Commentary on Mark

Mark was the first written gospel we possess. His hurried narrative should not fool us into a sense of shallowness. He might not have written in the most elegant Greek found in the New Testament. But he composed a tightly organized structure that conveyed his belief in "Jesus Christ, the Son of God."

Context

Son of Man, Son of God

The preamble to Mark's gospel referred to Jesus as the "Son of God." Yet, in the writing, Jesus called himself the "Son of Man." What is the significance of each title? What do they mean? What is the relationship between them?

Oral Tradition of the Passion-Resurrection

How historical were the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus?  We have to depend upon oral tradition of the early Church that predated the written gospels. Resources here include dating of the tradition and its hypothetical reconstruction.