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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 Book of Exodus (Chapter 12:1-4a)   The Israelites have been wandering in the dessert for years since their escape from Egypt; they are hungry and, more importantly, thirsty. The complain to Moses:“Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die of thirst with our children […]

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A reading from the Book of Genesis (Chapter 12:1-4a)   “The Lord said to Abram: ‘Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great […]

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A reading from the Book of Genesis (Chapter 2:7-9, 3:1-7)   No one knows exactly when the Book of Genesis was written, but biblical scholars calculate that it was sometime after the Jewish people came back from the Babylonian Exile in the sixth century B.C. and people questioned why they were away so long and […]

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A reading from the Book of Leviticus (Chapter 19:1-2, 17-18)   “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.” This is the beginning of a whole series of laws that Moses is proclaiming to the people, including how they are to treat one another. The reading ends with one of the most important: […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Sirach (Chapter 15:15-20)   This is in our liturgy because the author, a scribe named Yeshua ben Sira, writing about two hundred years before the birth of Jesus, alludes to a thought from the wisdom of Moses: “If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 58:7-10)   “Thus says the Lord: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back against your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Malachi (Chapter 3:1-4)   “Thus says the Lord God: I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me. And suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek. … But who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 8:23-9:3)   We are way back in the eighth century B.C., and the Assyrian army has taken over the two provinces Zebulun and Naphtali. Isaiah says that darkness covers the land, but now, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 49:3, 5-6)   “The Lord said to me: You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory.” Then later, the Lord continues, “It is too little … for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Israel; I will make […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 42:1-4; 6-7)   “Thus says the Lord: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have placed my spirit.” Who is this servant that the Lord says is his chosen one? Is it Isaiah, a […]

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