The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four gospels. It has an urgency to it. Phrases like “immediately” and “at once” are frequently encountered. The gospel is focused on the mission of Jesus and it shows our Lord as one who has come to serve and to suffer. Mark traveled with Peter, so this is thought to be based on Peter’s experience with our Lord.
- Background Material
- Resources for Mark Chapter 1
- Resources for Mark Chapter 2
- Resources for Mark Chapter 3
- Resources for Mark Chapter 4
- Resources for Mark Chapter 5
- Resources for Mark Chapter 6
- Resources for Mark Chapter 7
- Resources for Mark Chapter 8
- Resources for Mark Chapter 9
- Resources for Mark Chapter 10
- Resources for Mark Chapter 12
- Resources for Mark Chapter 13
- Resources for Mark Chapter 14
- Resources for Mark Chapter 15
- Resources for Mark Chapter 13
Background Material for the Gospel of Mark
A study Bible or a Catholic commentary on the Gospel of Mark is a good starting point:
If you are looking for resources related to the reading for a specific liturgical date, you can find that on the resources by liturgical date page.
Below are some resources, reflections, and social media graphics for the Gospel of Mark.
Resources for Mark Chapter 1
This discussion and set of reflection questions helps youth consider John the Baptist’s message that “One mightier than I is coming after me.” Some things are worth waiting for.
This reflection will help youth consider their response to the graces they receive from our Lord. What do we do when we are healed?
The purpose of this reflection is to help youth consider who they give authority to in their lives. Who do teenagers listen to?
This reflection will help youth understand what they need to leave behind in order to have the freedom to follow Jesus.
This reflection will help youth consider what it means to repent. “What do I need to change to become closer to Jesus?”
This reflection encourages youth to consider how God expresses His love to us as baptized members of His family.
This reflection will help youth understand that only Jesus can make us clean. And he wants to do it. All we need to do is ask.
A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him,…
One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize…
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe…
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after…
Resources for Mark Chapter 2
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will…
Resources for Mark Chapter 3
This simple lesson plan is for a youth ministry meeting focused on the problem of hiding yourself to seek popularity. Letting our true selves shine will allow us to be…
Resources for Mark Chapter 4
This reflection encourages youth to think about how they need to pay attention to their faith to help it grow.
This reflection encourages youth to consider how faith in Jesus brings peace during the storms of life.
He said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown…
He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?…
Resources for Mark Chapter 5
This reflection encourages youth to consider that Jesus never promised us a life free from hardship. But he doesn’t expect us to try to survive on our own. He wants…
Resources for Mark Chapter 6
This reflection helps teens understand that even Jesus was rejected. And it was by those who were close to him. What does Jesus teach us about rejection?
This lesson plan on friendship helps teens understand that they shouldn’t try to go it alone on their faith journeys. Good friends who support us in faith are a blessing.
This prayer lesson plan will help youth understand the importance of taking time from our busy schedules to spend time with God. Prayer brings us closer to God and refreshes…
Resources for Mark Chapter 7
Bible quote about human traditions: “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.…
Be Open – A Lesson Plan on Listening to God
This lesson plan is based on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. It encourages youth to think about what is keeping us from hearing and speaking the Word of God.
Resources for Mark Chapter 8
Jesus knew the suffering which was awaiting him in Jerusalem. But that didn’t make him turn aside. Avoiding pain can be an obstacle to discipleship.
Resources for Mark Chapter 9
This reflection on the Transfiguration will help youth consider the ups and downs of life. Sometimes we are in a really great place, but eventually we have to come down…
This reflection will help youth think about what it means to believe in something which can’t be seen. How do we know it is real?
This lesson plan asks youth to consider what it means to be humble. There is nothing wrong with striving to be excellent. We should use our gifts to the best of our abilities, but we should do this to glorify God, not ourselves.
Competition and winning is often thought to be a priority in our society. But it can be a stumbling block to discipleship.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw…
Resources for Mark Chapter 10
So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did…
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All…
Little Children – A Lesson Plan on Childlike Faith
This lesson plan focuses on the message of Jesus that we must accept the Kingdom of God like children. Based on Mark 10:13-16
Resources for Mark Chapter 12
Resources for Mark Chapter 13
Resources for Mark Chapter 14
This reflection encourages youth to understand what they are saying when the Body and Blood of Christ are presented to them and they respond with an “Amen”.
Resources for Mark Chapter 15
This reflection will help youth reflect on the sentencing of Jesus from the Passion of Jesus Christ. It is written to go with the Passion from the Gospel of Mark,…
Resources for Mark Chapter 13
This reflection has youth imagine themselves at the discovery of the empty tomb. How will they respond? This reflection is based on the resurrection account from the gospel of Mark,…
This reflection encourages youth to think about what it means to spread the Gospel to “the whole world”
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