- Immerse yourself in this action-packed Gospel that offers Saint Peter’s account of Christ’s life and teaching.
- Delve deep into the theme of the “way” and true discipleship and see how Jesus reveals his identity in authoritative action and word.
- Consider more deeply Jesus’s teaching on the Temple, and walk with Jesus to Gethsemane and the Way of the Cross as Mark describes it.
- Open yourself to profound reflection on the shortest of the four gospels.
Combining the insights of renowned Catholic theologian Dr. Tim Gray, with the masterful artistry of the Augustine Institute, this Catholic Bible study series uses the Church’s rich tradition of lectio divina to help you better understand and better pray with the Gospel of Mark.
Session 1: Saint Mark the Evangelist
Dr. Tim Gray introduces us to the Gospel of Mark as the gospel of action. Using outside sources, other books of the Bible, and the gospel itself, he gives an account of the author, Saint Mark, and his connection with Saint Peter and the Christians of Rome. (Run time 30:30)
Session 2: Prepare the Way of the Lord
The opening lines of Saint Mark manifest that Jesus is, without a doubt, the Son of God. He is the one for whom the way is being prepared. And as he sets out on that way, fulfilling the prophets and the Old Testament prefigurements, he points us to the true path of salvation. (Run time 29:53)
Session 3: Come Follow Behind Me
In this session we cover the actions which follow our Lord’s Baptism and temptation in the wilderness. Having been thus prepared, he enters into Galilee and begins the work of regathering the scattered people of God. (Run time 31:09)
Session 4: Feasting and Fasting
In this session, we will discover how Jesus slowly reveals his divine identity and his authority from God to forgive man his sins and to heal. As his mission unfolds, Jesus increasingly vexes the Pharisees and the scribes by his words and deeds. Their opposition mounts as they stubbornly hang onto their own interpretation of the law of Moses and refuse to embrace Jesus’s mission of mercy. (Run time 30:34)
Session 5: Binding the Strong Man
Jesus is the mighty savior who rescues us from the snares of the devil and from sin. He saves us from oppression, and he saves us for the intimate relationship of discipleship. (Run time 31:38)
Session 6: The Parable of the Sower
In the Old Testament the voice of the Lord calls the cosmos into existence and shakes all creation with its power. In the New Testament, Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God, speaks with the same power and authority. But his word can only bear fruit in our lives if we have ears to hear. (Run time 31:06)
Session 7: Faith, Not Fear
When the storms of life hit, we have two choices. Will we focus on the wind and waves and give in to fear? Or will we keep our eyes firmly fixed on Christ in faith? (Run time 31:22)
Session 8: The Mystery of the Bread
The mystery of the bread, the Eucharistic Presence of God, begins to be revealed in the miracles of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Jesus reveals himself as the divine giver of a new manna. Yet, as Isaiah foretold, the disciples struggle to understand the significance of his deeds. (Run time 31:04)
Session 9: The Way of Discipleship
This session presents a concentrated teaching about the nature of discipleship. Bookended by two stories of healing blind men, the events recorded in these verses show Jesus endeavoring to heal the spiritual eyes of his disciples. (Run time 30:49)
Session 10: Jesus and the Temple
As Jesus begins his final week before his Passion, he has stern warnings for those who would oppose God by rejecting his beloved son. Will we also reject his words, or will we heed the call to be faithful by rendering unto God the things that are God’s? (Run time 31:40)
Session 11: Signs of the End
The Temple in Jerusalem was God’s glorious dwelling with his chosen people, but it was only a house made by human hands. The new Temple, not made with hands, is the resurrected body of Jesus. He gives himself to us and dwells in our hearts, so that we may someday dwell with him in Heaven. (Run time 30:55)
Session 12: The Servant of the Lord
In the garden of Gethsemane, the hour of Jesus finally arrives—the hour of betrayal and suffering, but also the hour of salvation and glory. Christ the King will be falsely accused, mocked, and tortured, but he will ascend the throne of the cross to draw the whole world into his reign of love. (Run time 29:45)
Session 13: Jesus’s Suffering, Death, and Resurrection
Those who witness the death and resurrection of the Lord go on to bear testimony to him not only by their words, but by their lives and also their deaths, so that all may know the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. How will you bear witness to this good news? (Run time 30:38)
Session 14: Questions and Answers
Now, as we come to the end of this study, we can pause to reflect on some questions that have arisen during our journey through Mark’s Gospel. (Run time 32:09)
This leader kit includes everything a leader needs to present Lectio: Mark to a group, whether in a parish or at home. This package includes all fourteen episodes of Lectio Mark: Faith Not Fear on four DVDs, plus a comprehensive Leader’s Guide (which includes complete Study Guide content).
Be sure to get the full experience of Lectio: Mark with this Participant Kit including the DVD box set and the corresponding Study Guide.
Engaging Video Segments
This 14-session series comes to life on video through the insights of renowned theologian Dr. Tim Gray with the masterful artistry of the award-winning Augustine Institute Studios. Filmed with a studio audience, Dr. Gray unpacks the meaning and theme of Mark’s writing—a scribe for St. Peter—which offers St. Peter’s account on the life of Christ and his teachings.
Leader’s Resource Guide
The Lectio Mark: Faith not Fear Leader’s Resource Guide presents practical help to make the most of adult faith formation in any size study group. Easy to use, with step-by-step instructions, you’ll have the tools you need to bring the richness of the Bible, Church Tradition and History to life through:
- 14 lively video sessions on the Gospel of Mark that offer Saint Peter’s account of the life of Christ and his teachings
- Practical help to stimulate discussion in your group
- Detailed introductions, prayers and inspirational insights
- Insightful discussion questions
- Background texts to go deeper into the study
Engaging and accessible for everyone from a first-time Bible study participant to a Lectio veteran, the Lectio Mark: Faith not Fear Study Guide enables you to personalize the study for your own spiritual journey. It includes:
- Introductions and prayers for each session
- An outline summary for each video presentation
- Discussion questions to unpack the rich material
- Daily reflections to deepen your understanding
- Suggestions for further reading for each session
- Beautiful art to help in your prayer and reflection
- Space for personal journaling