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DIVINE CONCERN

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Con­tents1 Introduction2 Jesus feels for the people3 Con­clu­sion Intro­duc­tion This Sunday Gos­pel read­ing is taken from the Gos­pel accord­ing to John. This Gos­pel will accom­pany us till the 21st Sunday of the year. This means and implies the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark, the cur­rent Gos­pel for the Litur­gic­al Year (B) will be inter­rup­ted, to be taken up again from the 22nd Sunday of the year. The reas­on is that although Mark (6:35–44) con­tains the same epis­ode as in John 6:1–15, the entire chapter six of…

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LEADERSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Con­tents1 Introduction2 Accountability3 Dis­ciple­ship and accountability4 Con­clu­sion Intro­duc­tion Between the send­ing of the apostles on mis­sion (cf. Mark 6:7–13), and their return (cf. Mark 6:30–34), Mark inserts the story of the behead­ing of John the Baptist by King Herod (cf. Mark 6:14–29). After the apostles went on mis­sion, they pro­claimed the Good News and used the author­ity entrus­ted unto them by Jesus to instruct, teach and heal the sick, the news went spir­al. It became ‘break­ing news.’ King Herod heard about it and some wondered…

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UNDERSTANDING MY MISSION

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Con­tents1 Introduction2 He sent them out in pairs3 Mis­sion and commitment4 Con­clu­sion Intro­duc­tion Beloved brother/sister, wel­come to anoth­er week ordained and blessed by God just for you and for us all. Still in this Sunday, we con­tin­ue our reflec­tion on the sixth chapter of the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark. Last week read­ing ter­min­ated at 6th verse, where Jesus left his homet­own, Naz­areth because of their unbe­lief and neg­li­gence. As Jesus rightly poin­ted out that “Proph­ets are not without hon­our, except in their homet­own, and among their…

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CONCERNING PREJUDICE

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Con­tents1 Introduction2 And they rejec­ted him3 On prejudice4 Con­clu­sion Intro­duc­tion Wheth­er we reside in our land or not, we can nev­er sup­press the burn­ing zeal and love of our pat­ria. It was this zeal and love for his coun­try that took Jesus to his home town, to that land that saw him grow into a man. He has been going about pro­claim­ing the Good News of God, and lib­er­at­ing people from the bond­age of ignor­ance, sick­ness, injustice, and mis­in­form­a­tion about God and the king­dom of God.…

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FEAR NOT!

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Con­tents1 Introduction2 The syn­agogue official’s request3 Fear not, only believe!4 Con­clu­sion Intro­duc­tion One out­stand­ing fact from the Scrip­ture is that it reveals to us that people have always been afflic­ted with series of prob­lems and dif­fi­culties. As the author of Qoheleth/Ecclesiastes rightly observes, there is noth­ing what has happened before will hap­pen again, what has been done before will be done again, there is noth­ing new in the world (Qoh 1:9). Wherever Jesus went, he was approached by vari­ous people who had one prob­lem or…

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