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INHERITANCE AND SALVATION

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion Dear friend, wel­come to anoth­er week of grace! Wel­come espe­cially to the month of August. To have exper­i­enced this day is a sign of God’s grace. As we learnt last Sunday, God has also giv­en us today the grace to live this day and this month.  In the past three Sundays, we have reflec­ted on Jesus’ teach­ing on the true sig­ni­fic­ance of neigh­bour and on how to be a good neigh­bour (cf. Luke 10:25–37); the neces­sity of hos­pit­al­ity and the invit­a­tion to avoid dis­trac­tions so…

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CONCERNING PRAYER

Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Intro­duc­tion Dear read­er, how was your week? I hope you were able to handle the dis­trac­tions that came your way dur­ing the week? Gradu­ally, you will get rid of them all. Do not be afraid to fail as no one has suc­ceeded all the time. Suc­cess is the dir­ect off­spring of fail­ure. Moreover, the worst fail­ure is the fail­ure to make attempt. Hence, if a per­son fails and gets up, then, that per­son is on the way to suc­cess. The king­dom of God is the…

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DISTRACTING MY DISTRACTIONS

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion In this Sunday Gos­pel read­ing, Jesus con­tin­ues his teach­ings on the king­dom of God and the con­di­tion for inher­it­ing it; and on why some people work their way away from etern­al life. Last Sunday Gos­pel (cf. Luke 10:25–37) ended in verse 37. And this Sunday Gos­pel begins from verse 38 of the same chapter. In oth­er words, the story of Jesus in the home of Martha and Mary com­ple­ments the story of the Good Samar­it­an, which imme­di­ately pre­cedes it in the Gos­pel accord­ing to…

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CONCERNING NEIGHBOUR AND KINGDOM OF GOD

Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Intro­duc­tion This Sunday Gos­pel (Luke 10:25–37) touches a fun­da­ment­al ques­tion – life after death. It is about the rais­on d’être of human right­eous con­duct – the quest for etern­al life. The lawyer’s ques­tion is both an exist­en­tial and soteri­olo­gic­al ques­tions. Who is not in any way con­cerned with the here­after? The concept of etern­al life is a uni­ver­sal concept. Although stated dif­fer­ently, every reli­gion and every people believes in the after­life. Accord­ing to Hinduism for instance, until a per­son attains Enlight­en­ment, Sam­sara will con­tin­ue. Samsara…

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MISSION AND OBEDIENCE

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion Last Sunday Gos­pel read­ing ended with the dis­cern­ing of dis­ciples and the cost of dis­ciple­ship (cf. Luke 9:57–62). In this Sunday read­ing, Jesus makes sev­enty-two of his dis­ciples exper­i­ence the pros and cons of dis­ciple­ship and of pro­claim­ing the Gos­pel. Though not indic­ated, but these sev­enty-two dis­ciples must have under­stood bet­ter Jesus’ words that “foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). They must have also learnt…

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