Behold, God's Son!: Encountering Christ in the Gospel of Mark


Who is Jesus Christ? How can we really know Him? People have been asking that major question for 2,000 years. The best answers are found in the four Gospels, but how are they to be understood, and applied to our modern lives and faith?

Cardinal Schonborn, former student of Pope Benedict XVI and well-known as a brilliant theologian and spiritual teacher, presents his second volume of reflections on the person...

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Who is Jesus Christ? How can we really know Him? People have been asking that major question for 2,000 years. The best answers are found in the four Gospels, but how are they to be understood, and applied to our modern lives and faith?

Cardinal Schonborn, former student of Pope Benedict XVI and well-known as a brilliant theologian and spiritual teacher, presents his second volume of reflections on the person of Christ, this time as found in the words and images of Jesus seen in the Gospel of Mark. Sunday after Sunday, Cardinal Schonborn, one of the leading candidates for the papacy in the recent papal election, uses the Gospel readings from Mark to explain the beauty of the Gospel in clear and understandable words.

The Cardinal emphasizes that each of the four Gospels is unique and has its own unmistakable shape and approach. He says that no other Gospel writer talks in such a human way about Jesus as Mark. Anger and sorrow, Jesus' passionate emotional responses, are more explicitly mentioned in Mark than in the other Gospels. But however human Jesus may appear here, it is also Mark in particular who also strongly emphasizes his divinity. Believing in Jesus, having faith in him, is what Mark is all about.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586171773
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     11
Advent and the Christmas Season
First Sunday of Advent: A Successful Advent     17
Second Sunday of Advent: The Origin of the Beginning     20
Third Sunday of Advent: John, Who Prepares the Way     24
Fourth Sunday of Advent: How Can This Be?     27
Christmas Day: Becoming like a Child!     30
Feast of the Holy Family: What Will Become of the Child?     33
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God: Time for Reflection     37
Second Sunday After Christmas: A Trail of Light Leading Home     40
Epiphany of the Lord: What Gives Me Hope     43
Baptism of the Lord: Through the Year with Mark     46
Ordinary Time
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: The First Meeting     51
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Come! Behind Me!     54
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The First Day of the New Creation     57
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Come into My Home!     60
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: I Will-Be Clean!     63
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Power to Forgive     66
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: A Joyful Fast     69
Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: What Is Becoming of Sunday?     72
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus-Stumbling Block     75
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: And Yet It Grows     78
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Faith in the Storm     81
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Only One Death Should Be Feared     84
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Do We Know One Another?     88
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: On Holy Fools     91
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: A Different Kind of Holiday     94
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Where Shall We Find the Power?     97
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Bread of Love     100
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Yes, That's Really How It Is!     103
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Unacceptable?     106
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: Will You Go, Too?     109
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: What Comes Out of the Heart     112
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Be Opened!     115
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Crucified Messiah     118
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: A Child in the Midst     121
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Fighting and Tolerance     124
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Becoming One Flesh     127
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Camel and the Eye of the Needle      131
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: A Downward Career     134
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Thanks, Bartimaeus!     137
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: God's Deputy     140
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: What Matters to Jesus     143
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: End of the World     146
Christ the King: This Mirror     149
Lent and the Easter Season
First Sunday of Lent: The Wilderness Blossoms     155
Second Sunday of Lent: The Path of Transfiguration     158
Third Sunday of Lent: Cleansing the Temple Today     161
Fourth Sunday of Lent: Part of a Nighttime Conversation     164
Fifth Sunday of Lent: Die and Live, Grain of Wheat!     167
Palm Sunday: The King of Peace Is Coming!     170
Good Friday: A Gaze like No Other     173
Easter Sunday: Woman, Why Are You Weeping?     177
Second Sunday of Easter: Immeasurably Merciful     180
Third Sunday of Easter: Subject Number One: Resurrection     183
Fourth Sunday of Easter: A Shepherd like No Other     186
Fifth Sunday of Easter: The True Vine     189
Sixth Sunday of Easter: A Friend in Spite of It All     192
Ascension of Our Lord: The Sending of the Eleven      195
Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Testament of Jesus     198
Pentecost: Shalom!     201
Feasts in the Church Year
Trinity Sunday: Three in One     207
Corpus Christi: Whose Bread I Eat...     210
Presentation of the Lord: A Festival of Light     213
Exaltation of the Holy Cross: A Saving Sight     217
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica: Feast of the Dedication-Universal     220
Immaculate Conception of Mary: Conception-A Celebration     223
Assumption of Mary: A Blessed Body     226
Saint Peter and Saint Paul: The Human Rock     230
All Saints: A Heavenly Blueprint     233
All Souls: The Hope of All Souls     236
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