Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Intro­duc­tion If there is one skill that we all can get bet­ter at, to become bet­ter lead­ers, entre­pren­eurs, friends, and human beings, it is listen­ing. Have you noticed how the word listen con­tains the same let­ters as the word silent? In order to listen, a per­son must be silent. In today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, com­mu­nic­a­tion is more import­ant than ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listen­ing to one anoth­er. Genu­ine listen­ing has become a rare gift ‑the gift…

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Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion To be determ­ined is to make up one’s mind for some­thing. It is firm­ness of pur­pose. That is, the qual­ity of being determ­ined to do or achieve some­thing. Gen­er­ally, determ­in­a­tion requires con­cen­tra­tion and does not admit dis­trac­tions. This is what we find in this Sunday Gos­pel read­ing. The blind beg­gar whom Jesus met sit­ting by the road­side as he walked away from the city of Jericho, was determ­ined to meet him (Jesus). Such determ­in­a­tion is seen in his insist­ence as he implored Jesus to…

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Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion In this Sunday Gos­pel read­ing, we con­tin­ue to read from the sec­tion of the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark’s Gos­pel that reports Jesus’ jour­ney to Jer­u­s­alem. Last week we heard Jesus lament the par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges those with many pos­ses­sions face in order to enter the King­dom of God. This is con­tained in the con­ver­sa­tion between Jesus and a cer­tain man who enquired from him what he must do to inher­it the king­dom of God. A require­ment he was unable to ful­fil, due to his inability…

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Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion The ques­tion on etern­al life is an exist­en­tial and per­en­ni­al ques­tion. Even the so-called athe­ists and agnostics can­not avoid won­der­ing the ‘how’ of life after this earthly sojourn. It is in this con­text that we have to under­stand the ques­tion of the Jew­ish ruler who inter­rog­ated Jesus on the cri­terion for gain­ing etern­al life. The con­text of this con­ver­sa­tion is the king­dom of God and the require­ments for enter­ing it. Judging from the dis­cus­sions and the inter­ven­tion of the ruler, it appears the ruler…

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Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Intro­duc­tion After his teach­ings on the import­ance of becom­ing great by serving, Jesus left Caper­naum and trav­elled to the region of Judea and bey­ond the Jordan. As usu­al, Mark says “crowds gathered around him; and, as was his cus­tom, he again taught them” (Mark 10:1). The Gos­pels emphas­ize Jesus went about teach­ing. Everything he did was foun­ded on teach­ing. Teach­ing to heal people phys­ic­ally and spir­itu­ally. This week’s Gos­pel read­ing is par­tic­u­larly inter­est­ing. It con­cerns mar­riage or more spe­cific­ally, the sac­ra­ment of mat­ri­mony. It is…

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