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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 the Prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 23:1-6)   Jeremiah was one of the most courageous and tortured of all the prophets. Today’s reading from his prophecy was composed in the context of the battle for power between the Babylonians and the Egyptians with Judea, and specifically Jerusalem, in the middle. The […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos (Chapter 7:12-15)   “Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos, ‘Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying, but never again prophesy in Bethel.” Amaziah is protecting his own turf and accusing Amos of being a prophet for […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel (Chapter 2:2-5)   The people of Israel revered the prophets but did not always treat them well. That was still true in the time of Jesus as well and it is true today. Prophets are often not honored by their own people in their own times. […]

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A reading from the Book of Wisdom (Chapters 1:13-15; 2:23-24)   This is one of the latest books of the Hebrew Bible, written about two hundred years before the birth of Jesus. It is filled with wisdom about life and death and, most important, about God.   “God did not make death, nor does he […]

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A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 49:1-6)   This Book of the Prophet Isaiah is not one book written by one person. It is rather a collection of writings composed over many centuries by many people and placed together under the name of Isaiah—one of the greatest prophets of Israel. One […]

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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 beneath it, […]

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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 fidelity to […]

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The Book of Deuteronomy (Chapter 4:32-34,39-40) Deuteronomy is the fifth and last book of the Torah, written around the time of the Babylonian Exile (600 BC). It begins with the story of the Hebrew people wandering in the desert for 40 years, and this chapter focuses on the reality and power of God. It is […]

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