With so much focus on the revised English translation of our liturgical worship, perhaps another significant change of this Advent season has escaped our attention. We have entered Year B in our cycle of Sunday Readings. These readings primarily draw from the Gospel of Mark. This Sunday – the Second Sunday of Advent – we will hear the Gospel’s opening verses with their vivid portrayal of John the Baptist. One tradition about St. Mark envisions the evangelist as a companion of St. Peter. Certainly, the gospel’s sense of immediacy invokes the first years of our Lord’s Risen Life. This is the only Gospel I have read in one sitting. It’s a breathless sprint to the Cross and Resurrection!
For our Advent reflection, we feature the film version of the one-person play, “Mark’s Gospel.” Recognized as the 2009 Best Solo Performance by the Chicago-area Joseph Jefferson Awards, this is Max McLean’s second film version of his play. Incredibly, the actor surpasses the earlier version! With state-of-art theatrical lighting and sound, Mr. McLean commands the stage and owns this gospel in its laugh-out-loud humor and wrenching pathos. Whether the narrative concerns Jesus preaching from the boat, healing the demon-possessed man, or the Transfiguration, you’re bound to hear some passages with new insight. The use of shadow effects in the garden of Gethsemane opens an intimate space in which we witness the trial, crucifixion and empty tomb. A great way to experience the first narrative account of the Good News! To listen to a clip from the movie, go to: http://www.listenersbible.com/products/index.php?main_page=product_custom_info&cPath=10&products_id=35 . Order this DVD during your visit to the Media Resource Center @ https://www.orlandodiocese.org/en/ministriesoffices/media-center, or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).
(Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)