Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

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Mark - Cycle B

The earliest of the Gospels in their present form was that of Mark, written about 60 AD. It is a very simple account - an almost unadorned recital of facts. Tradition has it that Mark based his account on what Peter used to preach, and that he wrote in Rome, for people converted from paganism. After the introductory announcement that this is “the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God”, he tells us of the baptism by John, where the Holy Spirit came down on Jesus; and then gives a brief account of how he went about “doing good”, with a special focus on the casting out of devils. In drawing up his account Mark uses already existing material, but he does use it; he does not merely repeat it. He uses it in his own way, for his own purpose: to show that this was indeed the Son of God, with the power to do great deeds that is to be expected of a divine being, and especially the power to drive out the devil - for the defeat of the devil was the reason why he had come. And yet Mark stresses how, after his miracles, Jesus “gave them strict orders not to let anyone know about it.” He does not wish his readers to be so attracted to Jesus’ miracles as to be unprepared for the other side of the story “that the Son of man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death” and for its demand on one who would be his disciple: “let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me”. These words would be no empty spiritual cliché for Mark’s first readers. The Christians in Rome at that time were suffering the ruthless persecution under Nero.

Year 2

  1. First Sunday of Advent
  2. Second Sunday of Advent
  3. Third Sunday of Advent
  4. Fourth Sunday of Advent
  5. Christmas Day
  6. Mary, Mother of God
  7. Holy Family
  8. Second Sunday of Christmas
  9. Epiphany
  10. Baptism of the Lord
  11. Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  12. Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
  13. Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  14. Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  15. Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  16. Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
  17. Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  18. First Sunday of Lent
  19. Second Sunday of Lent
  20. Third Sunday of Lent
  21. Fourth Sunday of Lent
  22. Fifth Sunday of Lent
  23. Palm Sunday
  24. Easter Sunday
  25. Second Sunday of Easter
  26. Third Sunday of Easter
  27. Fourth Sunday of Easter
  28. Fifth Sunday of Easter
  29. Sixth Sunday of Easter
  30. The Ascension of the Lord
  31. Seventh Sunday of Easter
  32. Pentecost Sunday
  33. Trinity Sunday
  34. Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
  35. Eleventh Sunday
  36. Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  37. St. Peter and St. Paul
  38. Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  39. Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  40. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  41. Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  42. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  43. Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  44. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  45. Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  46. Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
  47. Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  48. Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
  49. Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  50. Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  51. Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  52. Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
  53. Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  54. Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  55. Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  56. Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
  57. Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  58. Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
  59. Feast of Christ the King
  60. Feast of the Presentation
  61. Feast of All Saints
  62. John Baptist Birth
  63. The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica