There is an increasing hunger among Catholics to study the Bible in depth and in a way that integrates Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life.
In October 2008, a meeting of the world Synod of Bishops scheduled by Pope Benedict XVI focused on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." Coinciding with that meeting was the launch of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS), a series that responds to the desire of Catholics to access the living Word of God.
The Gospel of Mark (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) by Mary Healy is the first of seventeen volumes, which covers the entire New Testament. Written by trusted Catholic biblical scholars, these commentaries interpret Scripture in the light of Catholic tradition. Accessibly written yet substantive, the CCSS fills a gap in the available literature by offering commentaries that cover more than brief study guides but are less daunting than scholarly commentaries.
In addition, The Gospel of Mark (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) by Mary Healy inaugurates a series of accessibly written yet substantive commentaries for use in Catholic universities, seminaries, and parishes. Finally, The Gospel of Mark (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) by Mary Healy is a valuable addition to the library of serious students of the Bible.