Catholic Year B
The Sunday readings for Mass run in three cycles: A, B and C. This year, 2021, we are in a year B. This means that the Sunday gospel readings will be drawn from the Gospel of Mark and the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John. As of last week, the week following the Sunday celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, we have returned to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time.
The Gospel of Mark is believed to have been written before the other canonical gospels (Matthew, Luke and John) around the year 65 C.E., and Mark is often depicted holding a Bible and with a Lion. It is also the shortest of the four gospels.