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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 first Book of Kings (Chapter 17:10-16)   The scene here is very stark. There is a drought in the region. The prophet Elijah comes into the city and he is hungry and thirsty. He asks a poor widow who is at the point of starvation herself for water and some bread. […]

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A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (Chapter 31:7-9)   “Moses spoke to the people, saying: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.”   That is the basis of […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 31:7-9)   “The Lord has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them back from the land of the north; I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the blind and the lame in their midst, the mothers […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 53:10-11)   “Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days: through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt they shall bear.” The suffering servant here is not any one person but rather all of the people of […]

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A reading from the Book of Wisdom (Chapter 7:7-11)   The Book of Wisdom is one of the last books in the Hebrew Bible, compiled not too long before the birth of Jesus. Notice that Wisdom is referred to as “she,” an interesting term in a patriarchal society. The writer imagines the words coming from […]

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A reading from the Book of Genesis (Chapter 2:18-24)   This is the ancient story in which God creates woman from the rib of the man. It is a parable with a powerful message but one that has been used for centuries to defend the primacy of men over women on the premise that woman […]

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A reading from the Book of Numbers (Chapter 11:25-29)   “The Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses, the Lord bestowed it on the seventy elders; and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied.” However, there were two men who […]

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A reading from the Book of Wisdom (Chapter 2:12, 17-20)   This book was written sometime between the late first century BC and the early first century AD—in other words, roughly around the lifetime of Jesus. And there are several verses that could apply to Jesus: “Let us beset the just one, because he is […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 50:5-9a)   Here are three powerful sentences from this reading: “The Lord God opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back.” “The Lord is my help, therefore I am not disgraced.” “See, the Lord God is my […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 35:4-7a)   “Thus says the Lord: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.” This is a promise from the Lord that becomes very specific and […]

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