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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 and has two weekly Sunday-night shows on WPLJ, 95.5 FM in New York. He is a member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Centerport, New York.

 

A reading from the book of Amos (Chapter 8:4-7)   We tend to think of ancient Israel as a poor nation, and that is true. Most of the people were poor peasant farmers who barely got by and often were vulnerable to the whims of their landlords, seed providers, and more well-off merchants who cheated […]

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A reading from the book of Exodus (Chapter 32:7-11, 13-14)   This reading is about the infidelity of the people who were saved by God from slavery in Egypt. “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down at once to your people. … They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, […]

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A reading from the book of Wisdom (Chapter 9:13-18b)   The author of the Book of Wisdom asks, “Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends?” The author gives his answer toward the end of this passage: “Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdom and sent […]

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A reading from the book of the prophet Sirach (Chapter 3:17-18, 20, 28-29)   This is one of the few times in the liturgical cycles when we read from a book of Jewish writings that is not an accepted part of the Hebrew Bible. Yet, it is part of Jewish wisdom teaching. The first line […]

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A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 66:18-21)   The Book of the Prophet Isaiah was not written by one person all at once. There are three main sections, and today’s reading comes from the last chapter of the third section, written as the Jewish people were finally returning from the terrible […]

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A reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 38:4-6; 8-10)   There is an old saying that “no prophet is honored or accepted in his own time.” That was certainly the case with Jeremiah who lived just before the Babylonian Exile of the Jewish people. Israel was surrounded by Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon—all […]

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A reading from the book of Wisdom (Chapter 18:6-9)   This reading is from the Book of Wisdom, so what is the wisdom offered here? Perhaps it is faithfulness to God’s promises in the face of challenges and persecutions over a long period of time. That was certainly true for the ancient Israelites, and it […]

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A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes (Chapter 1:2; 2:21-23)   This is a reading of uncertain origin. Some biblical scholars believe it was written about 300 years before the birth of Jesus, others say much earlier. “Qoheleth” is not a personal name but rather a title meaning teacher or preacher—a very gloomy and pessimistic […]

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A reading from the book of Genesis (Chapter 18:20-32)   Imagine making a deal with God, bargaining with God over the fate of thousands of people. That is the scene here with Abraham asking God to spare the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is like a scene from a Middle Eastern marketplace, except […]

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A reading from the book of Genesis (Chapter 18:1-10a)   “The Lord appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre. … Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby.” So, God appeared to Abraham, but not as one person but rather as three. It is hard to know who these men were except to say […]

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