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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Second Sunday of Advent

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Baruch (Chapter 5:1-9)   The Hebrew word baruch means “blessing.” The man Baruch was said to have been a scribe of the prophet Jeremiah, but this book was written much later than the time of Jeremiah, around the era of the Maccabees when the Jews ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: First Sunday of Advent

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 33:14-16)   This is a prophecy by Jeremiah for the Jewish people who had suffered from the long exile in Babylon. “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel (Chapter 17:10-16)   When you were a child were you ever taught that you had a guardian angel? Well, the archangel Michael was considered to be the guardian of Israel. Here, the prophet Daniel associates the appearance of Michael with these words from God: ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 ...
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