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Tags and Labels

Have you ever noticed someone’s shirt tag sticking out at the back of their collar? As long as I know the person, I will probably tell them or help them tuck the label back inside.   I got to thinking about those tags and labels that tell us sizes, brand names, ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of Sirach (Chapter 27:30-28:7) “Forgive your neighbor’s injustices; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord? Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins? If ...
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Lost and Found

It is repulsive to imagine what it was like to be an African man or woman crammed into the hold of a dirty, smelly slave ship en route to being sold in the marketplace to work on a plantation in Cartagena in the 1600s. Hungry, sick, abused, and disrespected—those poor ...
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In the early days of the COVID pandemic, I watched a newscast in which an emergency-room nurse who was on a brief break burst into singing the familiar hymn, “Amazing Grace.” It struck me that, in the midst of the flurry and fluster, this nurse found her voice in a ...
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Prayer: To Be Reconcilers

God of all peace you reconciled the world to yourself in the death and resurrection of your Son. Help us to be reconcilers in the world: to bring about forgiveness to correct the wrongs we see, to quietly and fairly resolve our differences and to treat all as the loved individuals that they are. In your name we ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel (Chapter 33:7-9) God calls Ezekiel. “You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.” In those days the “watchman” had a most important job. He stood on ...
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