To coincide with the solemn season of Lent, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Scotch Plains will once again host a series of Scripture Lectures “With a Twist” starting Monday March 12 and continuing for the two following Mondays.
Paul Gibbons, a Lecturer on Sacred Scripture at Seton Hall University and Chairman of the Sr. Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies, will present a series of three talks on the Gospel of Mark in the Fr. Byrne Auditorium, immediately beneath the Main Church. All the lectures will begin at 7:30pm. They are free and open to all.
The Gospel of Mark, first of the four in the Catholic canon to be written and the briefest, was composed around 70 AD at a time of much uncertainty for both Jewish and Christian communities throughout the Mediterranean region. The challenge faced by disciples of both faiths was one of identity in the face of persecution, one summarized for Christians both then and now with the simple question, “Who do people say that I am?” Mark attempts to answer that question with a concise narrative that culminates with the Passion Story of Holy Week, and a glorious aftermath on Easter which strives to strengthen the faith of readers in the face of their own troubles.
NOTE: The talk originally scheduled for Monday March 19 has been cancelled; the series has been pushed back and will conclude on Monday, April 2.