Friday, January 13, 2012

Brevity Speaks

The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four. When it is read in a semicontinuous manner on Sundays in the Roman Catholic Church—2012 is its turn—it cannot cover all the Sundays. It gets help from the Gospel of John. The Third Sunday of 
the [Liturgical] Year (22 January) presents the first encounter with Jesus in John’s gospel: disciples desire to meet him. On five summer Sundays its sixth chapter is read.
The rest of the Sundays outside of Lent and Easter enjoy the Gospel of Mark. Though short it is a gospel of great artistry. Franciscan John R. Barker offers a tour of the gospel to help people be alert to the gospel and to how it invites them.
Wiki-image of a portrait of Mark is in the public domain.

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