Lectionary Year B, the year of Saint Mark the Evangelist (2017-2018)

Saint Mark, evangelist

Saint Mark, evangelist

Lectionary Year B, Saint Mark the Evangelist

Year A, the year of Saint Matthew’s Gospel in the Sunday cycle of readings, ended with the 34th and last Sunday of the church year, the feast of Christ the King, November 26, 2017, and the weekdays immediately following. The new church year—Year B, Saint Mark’s Gospel—begins with the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2017. Below is the distribution of Saint Mark’s Gospel throughout Year B.

Preliminaries to the Ministry (1:1-13):
The opening passage of Mark’s announcement of the Good News is proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Advent (1:1-8, the ministry of the forerunner, John the Baptist), on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (1:7-11, Jesus’ baptism by John) and on the First Sunday of Lent (1:12-15, Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the wilderness).

The Mystery Progressively Revealed, Stage I: Jesus with the Jewish Crowds (1:12—3:6):
(The Temptation of Jesus, 1:12-13, is moved to the First Sunday of Lent)
On Sundays 3 to 9 of Ordinary Time in the winter, we hear the first preaching in Galilee, the call of the first disciples, teaching in the synagogue, the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, many healings, and the questioning of Jesus about fasting and violations of the Sabbath.
(The Call of Levi (2:13-17) is omitted. We hear it in Year A.)

The Mystery Progressively Revealed, Stage II: Jesus with the crowds and disciples
(Mark 3:7-19 is omitted)
On Sundays 10 to 14 of Ordinary Time in the summer, we hear of accusations against Jesus, a house divided, the seed parables, calming the storm, Jairus’ daughter, a woman’s faith, and Jesus rejected at Nazareth.
(Mark 4:1-25 and 5:1-20 are omitted.)        

 The Mystery Progressively Revealed, Stage III: Jesus begins to manifest himself (Mark 6:7—7:37)
On Sundays 15 to 23 of Ordinary Time in the summer, we hear the sending out of the Twelve, their return, Jesus’ compassion for the crowd, what defiles a person, healings, feeding of 4000, the demand for a sign, and the discourse on leaven.

In the midst of these Sundays, there is a break in the reading of Mark, and on Sundays 17, 18, 19 and 21, we hear the feeding of the 5000, the bread of life, incredulity and faith from the Gospel of John 6:1-70. The Responsorial Psalm each Sunday features verses of Psalm 34.
(Mark 6:14-29 and 6:35-56 are omitted.)

The Mystery of the Son of Man, Stage I: Teaching the way to the disciples (Mark 8:27—10:52)
On Sundays 24 to 30 of Ordinary Time in the fall, we hear Peter’s confession, predictions of the passion, instructions to the disciples, a dispute on greatness, exorcism and temptations, marriage and divorce, Jesus blessing the children, the story of the rich man, the ambition of the sons of Zebedee and the healing of the blind Bartimaeus.
(The Transfiguration, 9:2-8, is moved to the 2nd Sunday of Lent and the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6. Omitted are Mark 8:34—9:1, 9:9-50 and 10:32-34)

 The Mystery of the Son of Man, Stage II: Final revelation in Jerusalem (Mark 12:28—13:32)
On Sundays 31 to 33 of Ordinary Time in November, we hear the greatest commandment, the contrast between the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the authenticity of the widow, the parable of the fig tree, and the return in glory of the Son of Man.
(Mark 11:1-10, the Entry into Jerusalem, is moved to the Procession with Palms on Palm Sunday. Omitted are Mark 11:11—12:27, 12:35-37, 13:1-23.
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13:33-37, Watch, Stay awake! is moved to the 1st Sunday of Advent.)

 The Mystery of the Son of Man, Stage III:  Fulfillment of the mystery (John 18:33-37)
The end of the church year, Christ the King, brings us John’s account of Jesus before Pilate.

The Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus (Mark 14, 15, 16)
We hear Mark’s telling of the Passion story, the high point of the Gospel, on Palm Sunday. On Easter we hear the Resurrection story.

 

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