Phrases from Mark's gospel: biography of the evangelist


Famous phrases taken from the Gospel of Mark, significant quotes taken from the writings of the one who is traditionally believed to be the author of one of the four gospels belonging to the Holy Bible universally recognized as the only guide for the Christian faith.

Biography Mark the Evangelist

About Marco's origins, it is believed that he was born outside the territory of Palestine, probably from a family with a good standard of living.

He accompanied St. Peter on missionary journeys to Rome and the East, it seems that the gospel wrote it right in the eternal city.

In addition to a very familiar relationship with St. Peter, Mark was long close to the apostle Paul, whom he met in 44 AD, when Paul and Barnabas brought the collection collected by the community of Antioch to the city of Jerusalem.

Upon his return, Barnabas brought with him the young nephew Marco, who in later times would find himself at the side of Saint Paul in Rome.

It is Saint Paul himself who gave us the latest news about Marco in 66, in a letter written to Timothy from the Roman prison where he was detained.

In this epistle, St. Paul tells Timothy to be accompanied by Mark as he might have needed his services.

The death of the evangelist Mark probably came in 68 AD, either naturally or as a martyr in Alexandria in Egypt.

The Acts of Mark recount that on April 24 he was dragged by the pagans along the streets of Alexandria tied with ropes around his neck.

After being imprisoned, the following day he had to suffer the same terrible torture and expired.

His body was burned and removed from the destruction desired by the faithful.

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Phrases from Mark's Gospel

- Behold, I am sending my messenger before you, he will prepare the way for you. Voice of one who cries in the desert: prepare the way of the Lord, straighten his paths.

- Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them to a high mountain, on their own, alone. He was transfigured before them and his clothes became shining, very white: no washerman on earth could make them so white.

- And while he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, blind, sat on the road begging. When he heard that there was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say: "Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!". Many scolded him to silence him, but he shouted louder: "Son of David, have mercy on me!". Then Jesus stopped and said: "Call him!". And they called the blind man saying: “Courage! Get up, call you! ". He threw away his cloak, jumped up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him: "What do you want me to do to you?". And the blind man to him: "Rabbi, may I get my sight back!" And Jesus said to him, "Go, your faith has saved you." And immediately he regained his sight and started following him on the street.

- When they approached Jerusalem, towards Befane and Betania, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them: «Go to the village opposite you, and immediately entering it you will find a donkey tied, on which nobody has ever gone up. Untie it and lead it. And if someone says to you: "Why do you do this", answer: "The Lord needs it, but he will send it back here right away". They led the donkey to Jesus, and threw their cloaks on it, and he mounted on it.

Meanwhile they came to a farm called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." He took Pietro, Giacomo and Giovanni with him and began to feel fear and anguish. Jesus said to them: “My soul is sad to the death. Stay here and watch. " Then, going a little further, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, that hour would pass by him.

Then everyone, leaving him, fled. But a young man followed him, covered only with a sheet, and they stopped him. But he, having left the sheet, ran away naked.

- At three o'clock Jesus shouted in a loud voice: Eloì, Eloì, lemà sabactàni ?, which means: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Some of those present, hearing this, said: "Behold, call Elijah!". One ran to soak a sponge in vinegar and, placing it on a cane, he gave him a drink, saying: "Wait, let's see if Elias comes to remove him from the cross".But Jesus, giving a loud cry, died. The veil of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Then the centurion who stood before him, seeing him expire like that, said: "Truly this man was the Son of God!".

Overview: Mark (September 2022)

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