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Bill Ayres

Bill Ayres was a founder, with the late singer Harry Chapin, of WhyHunger. Under Bill’s direction, WhyHunger has served as a founding member of the National Association of Hunger Organizations (NAHO) and the National Jobs for All Coalition. Bill is also a member of the board of advisors of Long Island Cares, Long Island’s food bank. He has been a radio and TV broadcaster for 40 years. He is a member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Centerport, New York.

 

A reading from the first Book of Kings (Chapter 9:9a, 11-13a)   How and when do we experience God in our everyday lives? I just finished writing a book about that experience. It is called The Journey into the Mystery: Finding God in Our Everyday Lives. I did not think about this reading while writing, […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 55:1-3)   God had established a covenant with Israel and Moses, but the Israelites broke the covenant and wound up in a long exile in Babylon. This reading is from the final days of the Babylonian Exile as the people were coming home at last. […]

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A reading from the Book of Kings (Chapter 3:5, 7-12)   Have you ever heard the phrase “The Wisdom of King Solomon”? This is where it originated.   “The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, ‘Ask something of me and I will give it to you.’ Solomon answered, ‘Give your […]

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A reading from the Book of Wisdom (Chapter 12:13, 16-19)   This reading is praise for the all-powerful, just, and merciful God. “For your might is the source of justice: for your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all…. And you taught your people, by these deeds, that those who are just must […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 55:10-11)   Most of Israel at this time—the sixth century before the birth of Jesus—was a desert or close to it. The people were dependent on the spring rains to grow food. This last part of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah was written as […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah (Chapter 9:9-10)   Israel was surrounded geographically on all sides by larger, more powerful nations and was often conquered as war-like kings came riding into town in horse-drawn chariots. But the prophet Zechariah presents a quite different picture of the true king:   “Thus says the […]

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A reading from the second Book of Kings (Chapter 4:8-11, 14-16a)   The prophet Elisha was traveling to a town named Shunem where he was invited for dinner with the family of a “woman of influence.” This became the place for a meal whenever Elisha traveled in that direction. The woman suggested to her husband […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 20:10-13)   Being a prophet at any time is challenging, but Jeremiah had an especially difficult time fulfilling his calling. He said, “I hear the whisperings of many: ‘Terror on every side! Denounce! Let us denounce him!’ All those who were my friends are on […]

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Note: We can pray with the Sunday readings even if Sunday liturgies have been suspended due to the coronavirus. Bill Ayres continues to offer his reflections to help our prayer. A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (Chapter 8:2-3, 14b-16a)   Moses was the leader of the Hebrews as they escaped from Egypt into the […]

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Note: We can pray with the Sunday readings even if Sunday liturgies have been suspended due to the coronavirus. Bill Ayres continues to offer his reflections to help our prayer. A reading from the Book of Exodus (Chapter 34:4b-6, 8, 9)   “Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai as the Lord had […]

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