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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of Joshua (Chapter 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b)   Joshua is an important person in the history of the Jewish people. He took over when Moses died and had to lead the people into the Promised Land. Under Joshua, the Israelites fought the city of Jericho and destroyed it, then ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the First Book of Kings (Chapter 19:4-8)   David was a very good king of Israel—the best. Some hundred years later, in the ninth century before the birth of Jesus, Ahab was one of the worst kings of Israel. He had a very bad wife, Jezebel, whose name and reputation ...
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Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist

"When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel (Chapter 17:22-24)   Ancient Israel was a largely agricultural society, so the great Jewish prophets and Jesus himself often used agricultural images and allegories to convey deep truths. Here, Ezekiel uses the image of a majestic cedar tree. “Birds of every kind shall dwell ...
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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Seeds of Hope

“He said, ‘To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Book of Exodus (Chapter 24:3-8)   Animal sacrifice was common among ancient religions, including Judaism. As strange as it may seem to us today, this was a major step away from human sacrifice which some of Israel’s neighbors practiced. The sprinkling of the blood of an animal was a sign of Israel’s ...
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