ST. MARK'S GOSPEL.
Section 1. The Entrance on the Ministry.-Ch. i. ii. iñ. 1-12.
John's mission. Jesus baptized by him, and attested from heaven. Tempted
by Satan. Announces in Galilee the reign of God. Calls Peter, Andrew,
James, and John. Performs miraculous cures. Calls Matthew. Eats
with publicans. Vindicates himself and his disciples from the accusations
of the Scribes and Pharisees, in regard to blasphemy, evil company, neg-
lect of fasting, breach of Sabbath,
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Section II. The Nomination of Apostles.-Ch. iii. 13, etc. iv. v.
Jesus selects his twelve apostles. Is so much crowded by the people, that
even his relations speak disrespectfully of him for permitting them. The
absurdity of the pretext, that by demons he expelled demons. The danger
of detracting from the Holy Spirit. Who accounted kinsfolks by Jesus.
The parable of the sower, with the explanation. The reason for using par-
ables. Other moral instructions and similitudes. Jesus stills a tempest on
the sea. Cures a demoniac who abode in tombs. Heals a woman who
had a bloody issue. Restores the daughter of Jairus to life,
Section III. The first Mission of the Apostles.-Ch. vi.
Jesus despised by his fellow-citizens. Commissions the apostles. Different
opinions concerning him. The death of John the Baptist. The disciples
report the execution of their mission. Jesus feeds miraculously five thou-
sand in the desert. Walks on the sea in the morning to his disciples, who
had embarked the night before; stills the wind, lands, and cures all who
touch him, .
Section IV. The Errors of the Pharisees.-Ch. vii. viii. 1—26.
Jesus vindicates his disciples, and charges the Pharisees with annulling the
commandment of God by their tradition. Nothing pollutes the man but
vice. A demon expelled from the daughter of a Syrophenician woman of
great faith. The cure of one deaf and dumb. Four thousand men fed in
the desert. A sign in the sky refused to the Pharisees. The disciples
cautioned against their doctrine under the name of leaven, which they, in-
terpreting literally, misunderstood. A blind man cured, .
SECTION V. The transfiguration.-Ch. viii. 27, etc. ix. I. 1--31.
The opinions of the people concerning Jesus. Peter avows him to be the
Messiah. Jesus foretells his own death and resurrection. Rebukes Peter,
who was scandalized at the mention of death. Warns his followers to pre-
pare for suffering. Is transfigured. Acquaints them who the Elijah was
that should come. Cures a dumb demoniac. Humility the road to emi-
nence in his reign. The services of those not to be rejected who did not
accompany the apostles. No service done for Jesus shall be unrewarded.
The dangers of offences and snares. The marriage tie may not be loosed
at the pleasure of either party. The people encouraged to bring children
to Jesus. What must be done to obtain eternal life. Riches a great ob-
struction in the way to the kingdom. The reward of those who abandon
any thing for Jesus, . .
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SECTION VI. The Entry into Jerusalem. Ch. x. 32, etc. xi. xii. 1-12.
Jesus, on the road to Jerusalem, foretells his death and resurrection. Is ap-
plied to, by the sons of Zebedee, for the chief honors in his reign. He