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“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.” (Jonah 3:1)   It's not just us that has trouble hearing.  Hearing is the not the same act as listening.  Hearing is just being able to psychically hear the sound, listening is a far more relational act.  

Its interesting that this reading comes right after readings for forgiveness.  Listening is so important to being in a relationship.  Without truly listening, with the whole of our attention, we will not understand how to act, react, treat those we are in relationship with.  When we just hear, we are more involved with ourselves.  We are just waiting for our turn to tell our story.  If we just hear than than what is important is missed.  We can not relate to others if we only relate to ourselves.

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