As we hear the Gospel of Mark proclaimed during this Year B of the Lectionary cycle, I’d like to point out a few resources that are available for your own enrichment or for use in a group.
First, a new resource offered by the Archdiocese of Chicago is a website called The Word Made Clear featuring a course study on the Gospel of Mark led by Fr. James McIlhone, the Director of Biblical Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. “Mac” was one of my instructors in my Doctor of Ministry program, and he is a solid Scripture scholar. The course is laid out in 30-minute lectures by Fr. “Mac,” accompanied by PowerPoint presentations viewed through YouTube. Downloadable handouts and resources are also available. So far, he has posted three presentations:
- Session One: Introduction to the Gospel of Mark
- Session Two: The Ministry of John the Baptist
- Session Three: The Early Ministry of Jesus
This resource is especially helpful for a group Bible study where there is no expert present. A 30-minute presentation is just right for providing the background needed for a group to proceed on their own.
Another resource for studying the Gospel of Mark is Meeting St. Mark Today by renowned Scripture scholar Daniel J. Harrington, SJ.