Prepare for the Nativity of the Lord by studying the Gospel of St. Mark during the Phillip's Fast. We will follow Jesus from his Baptism to his Ascension as St. Mark reveals to us the true identity of Jesus as Messiah and Son. We also will use the Gospel of St. Mark as a jumping off point to compare and contrast the other Synoptic Gospels (St. Matthew and St. Luke) to St. Mark. Jesus will be revealed to us as an itinerant preacher who proclaims the Kingdom of God as he heals the sick and the lame precisely as Messiah and Son of God. Jesus' parables will help us to understand what Kingdom he is ushering in.