Throughout the Sundays of Year B, the Gospel of Mark is proclaimed in the liturgy. The major part of this book is devoted to commentaries and reflections on the Gospels for Sundays and major feasts likely to occur on a Sunday, during the Year of Mark.
Before beginning the Gospel commentaries, Francis J. Moloney outlines the narrative design and the central theological concerns of Mark’s Gospel. This is followed by a survey of how the Gospel of Mark is used throughout the Ordinary Sundays of the Year.
In a world unable to escape or explain the mystery of suffering, Mark’s Gospel retains its importance. Jesus is Son of God, the Messiah, only because he is prepared to accept the role of suffering Son of Man, leading the way to a life that knows no death, calling disciples to follow his way. They falter and fail, but he never abandons them. Mark’s Gospel closes with the young man at the empty tomb telling disciples of all ages that Jesus goes before us into Galilee. We may fail him, he will never fail us.
Francis J. Moloney, SDB, AM, FAHA, was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1940, and joined the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1959. He was ordained a Priest in 1970, and has degrees in Theology, Biblical Studies, and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. He was a member of the International Theological Commission to the Holy See (1984-2002) and has published widely. He has held major academic positions at the Salesian Pontifical University (Rome), Australian Catholic University, and the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). From 2006-2011 he was the Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Australia and the Pacific. He is currently a Senior Professorial Fellow at Catholic Theological College, in the University of Divinity, Melbourne.