Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Intro­duc­tion Last week, we reflec­ted on indif­fer­ence and its effects. This week, the Gos­pel mes­sage presents to us oth­er evils afflict­ing our world. Recall that last week we heard Jesus chas­tise his dis­ciples for their argu­ment about who among them was the greatest. Jesus taught them that the greatest among them will be those who serve. Not those who exer­cise power and author­ity over oth­ers. In this Sunday Gos­pel, the dis­ciple John ques­tions Jesus about an unknown per­son who was driv­ing out demons in Jesus’…

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Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Intro­duc­tion Even the most dis­trac­ted per­son must have noticed the alarm­ing rate of selfish­ness and indif­fer­ence in our soci­ety, pre­cisely on the part of the vari­ous civil and reli­gious lead­ers espe­cially, in Niger­ia. After remind­ing the crowd and the dis­ciples the con­di­tions for fol­low­ing him, Jesus warns that “if any­one is ashamed of me and my words in this adul­ter­ous and sin­ful gen­er­a­tion, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Fath­er with the holy…

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Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion Today’s read­ing is the turn­ing point in Mark’s Gos­pel. In the present­a­tion of the life and min­istry of Jesus found in the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark, the deeds of Jesus have shown Jesus to be the Son of God. Yet many, includ­ing Jesus’ dis­ciples, have not real­ized his iden­tity. In this Sunday Gos­pel read­ing, Jesus asks the dis­ciples for a field report by ask­ing what oth­ers say about him. He then turns the ques­tion dir­ectly to the dis­ciples and asks what they believe. Peter…

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Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Intro­duc­tion In the Gos­pel read­ing of last Sunday (Mark 7:1–23), we saw how Jesus silenced the Phar­isees and the Scribes, and dis­tanced him­self from their unne­ces­sary dis­crim­in­a­tion due to their undue obed­i­ence to human tra­di­tion. In his cla­ri­fic­a­tions, Jesus explained to them that what defiles a per­son is not what he or she eats, but the thoughts that eman­ates from the heart. While they were after mater­i­al or phys­ic­al con­tam­in­a­tion, Jesus taught them (and us) to beware of spir­itu­al and mor­al con­tam­in­a­tions and impur­it­ies. In…

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