St. Kateri Tekakwitha

A few years ago I wrote an entry on St. Kateri Tekakwitha for the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. She is important...

"I believe; help my unbelief!"

One of my favorite Gospel passages, the story of the demon-possessed boy with the despairing father, is the Gospel reading for today....

The Widow's Mite in Mark's Gospel

We come now to the grand conclusion of Jesus’s public controversy in the Temple. Mark sets the scribe and the widow in contrast,...

Blind Bartimaeus

In closing the discipleship section, Mark presents Bartimaeus as the most powerful paradigm of discipleship on offer. The discipleship...

Glory vs the Cross: Mark 10:35–45

The discipleship section comes toward a close with the third Passion prediction, after which the disciples, far from acting like...

On Mark's Rich Young Man

In this passage, the discipleship section turns again to the theme of eternal life (raised at its outset by Jesus in his call to the...

Marriage and Children: Mark 10:2–16

In Mark's preceding material, Jesus has taught the Twelve—celibates, the first clergy—about the radical demands of discipleship as he...

The Passion of St. John the Baptist

The relating of John the Baptist’s death is the B section of a sandwich, the main panel of this iconic triptych. The sandwich means...

The Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration in Mark’s Gospel is many things. It fulfills and explains Jesus’s cryptic words in Mark 9:1, it reveals Jesus as the...