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.