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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 if John the bap­tizer has been raised from the dead. Still, oth­ers thought it was Eli­jah or one of the proph­ets of old. Of course, King Herod knew it was not John the Bap­tizer because he remembered vividly how he killed him due to his ego. Often, many who are in author­ity refuse res­cind their decisions because they think it is wrong to go back on their words, even when it is very clear to them that they are wrong. Although king Herod knew.….…


The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, come away to a deser­ted place all by yourselves and rest a while. For many were com­ing and going, and they had no leis­ure even to eat” (Mark 6:30–31). After nar­rat­ing and present­ing their report to Jesus, he summoned the Twelve to with­draw and have some rest. Mark did not doc­u­ment what the apostles told Jesus, but it was enough record­ing the fact that they gave report of their mis­sion­ary work. The first les­son from this is account­ab­il­ity. Account­ab­il­ity means.…..

Discipleship and accountability

As men­tioned above, account­ab­il­ity means giv­ing account of a person’s oper­a­tions. Account­ab­il­ity refers to the actions toward or involving oth­ers that reflect the integ­rity of the per­son you want to be. In the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark (6:30), the Evan­gel­ist observes that the “apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.” In oth­er words, they gave Jesus account of their mis­sion. In the same way, lead­ers (reli­gious and civil) must always give object­ive account of their activ­it­ies to the people for whom they are work­ing. The prob­lem of non-account­ab­il­ity is a ser­i­ous issue both among civil ser­vants, civil lead­ers and espe­cially among reli­gious lead­ers. Account­ab­il­ity breeds responsibility.


Dear read­er, this is anoth­er week to search for the true shep­herd. As the crowd did, get to the des­tin­a­tion before Jesus and wait for him, so that once he arrives, he will begin to teach you many things about God, about the king­dom of God, about true wor­ship, about faith­ful­ness, about humil­ity, about the love of oth­ers, about account­ab­il­ity, about respons­ib­il­ity, about justice, about right­eous­ness, about love, about dis­ciple­ship, about com­mit­ment, and about recon­cili­ation with God (cf. Second Read­ing). Accept respons­ib­il­ity for your actions and/or inac­tion. Be account­able for.…..

FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPIES OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE: SUNDAY REFLECTIONS” (vols. I and II)!! The reflec­tion for the 16th Sunday of the year (B) is found in vol. II pages 309‑3317. Happy reading!

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