Resources and Reflections for the Gospel of Mark

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.

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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

What Are You Waiting For? Reflection and Discussion Questions

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.

I’m Cured. What’s Next? Reflection and Discussion Questions

This reflection will help youth consider their response to the graces they receive from our Lord. What do we do when we are healed?

Who Has Authority? Discussion and Reflection Questions

The purpose of this reflection is to help youth consider who they give authority to in their lives. Who do teenagers listen to?

Abandon Your Nets – Discussion and Reflection Questions

This reflection will help youth understand what they need to leave behind in order to have the freedom to follow Jesus.

Repent and Believe! Discussion and Reflection Questions

This reflection will help youth consider what it means to repent. “What do I need to change to become closer to Jesus?”

You Are My Beloved – Discussion and Reflection Questions

This reflection encourages youth to consider how God expresses His love to us as baptized members of His family.

How Can I Get Clean? Discussion and Reflection Questions

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.

If You Wish, You Can Make Me Clean

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,…

Baptized with the Holy Spirit

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…

The Kingdom of God Is at Hand

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…

Fishers of Men

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

As Long as They Have the Bridegroom with Them They Cannot Fast

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

Fake You Out: A Lesson Plan on Popularity and Authenticity

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

Planting Seeds of Faith – Discussion and Reflection Questions

This reflection encourages youth to think about how they need to pay attention to their faith to help it grow.

What Are You Afraid Of? – Discussion and Reflection Questions

This reflection encourages youth to consider how faith in Jesus brings peace during the storms of life.

The Kingdom of God Is Like a Mustard Seed

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…

Why Are You Terrified?

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

Rescue Me! – Discussion and Reflection Questions

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

How Do You Deal with Rejection? Discussion and Reflection Questions

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?

Who’s Your Buddy? A Lesson Plan on Friendship

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.

Slow Down! Prayer Lesson Plan

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…

Come Away and Rest a While

He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” – Mark 6:31 (Social media graphic

Resources for Mark Chapter 7

Human Traditions

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

Get Behind Me Satan – Avoiding Pain

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

Ups and Downs – Reflection and Discussion Questions

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…

All Things Visible and Invisible – Discussion and Reflection Questions

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?

First or Last – Lesson Plan on Humility

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.

Better Together – A Lesson Plan on Working Together

Competition and winning is often thought to be a priority in our society. But it can be a stumbling block to discipleship.

Listen to Him

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

Jesus Is Calling You

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.

Jesus Christ Came to Serve

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…

Who Can Be Saved?

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

Love God Love Neighbor Coffee Cup

This coffee mug features the great commandment on the front “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”…

Resources for Mark Chapter 13

Be Watchful! Be Alert! – Reflection and Discussion Questions

This reflection and discussion helps youth understand what it means to be ready for Jesus. How are we preparing?

Resources for Mark Chapter 14

What Does Amen Mean? – Reflection and Discussion Questions

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”.

This Is My Body

While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave…

Resources for Mark Chapter 15

Where Have You Been? – Reflection and Discussion Questions on the Passion of Jesus Christ

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

The Empty Tomb – Reflection and Discussion Questions

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,…

Who Lives in Your World? – Discussion and Reflection Questions

This reflection encourages youth to think about what it means to spread the Gospel to “the whole world”


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