Hello sisters and brothers,

I would like to invite you to join with me in reading St. Mark’s gospel a chapter a day from Saturday 2nd April through to Easter Sunday. There is a video for each chapter on the website for each day if you prefer to listen to it being read or if you would like to follow along with me. I am using the NRSV version, but you can read any translation you like.

I always do this at the end of Lent as it helps me to embrace the full arc of Jesus’ earthly ministry and land on the resurrection on Easter Sunday. The first gospel account to be written in the early 60's AD, Mark’s gospel is fast-paced and action packed. It was written for a community facing persecution. There are no extras in this gospel.

As you may know, Mark gets straight into Jesus’ story in chapter 1, the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Mark 1:1). It’s almost ready, steady, go. We are going with the longer ending of the gospel so at the very end we will read, “So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:19-20).  

Please join me as we walk the entirety of Jesus’ earthly ministry and encourage ourselves that we might then go out and proclaim the good news everywhere.     

In Christ,