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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 ...
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God Is In This House

I saw this headline on the website of a Catholic publication: “Where is the zeal in the U.S. Church?”   I immediately thought to myself, “I know at least one answer to that question. The zeal is up on West 7th Street in Plainfield—specifically at the Rose of Sharon Community Church.”   I was ...
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Feasting on Silence

Late-Christmas-season greetings from RENEW's newest staff member! I am a Dominican sister from Caldwell, NJ, who professed first vows in August 2019. As we celebrate Sunday's great feast, I share an adapted reflection on the Baptism of the Lord that I wrote in 2018 while at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate ...
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Prayer: The Baptism of the Lord

O Father, may we come to life in the dangerous waters of baptism. May we find breath in the brooding Spirit enveloping us. May we hear your heavenly voice call us by name and bestow on us you favor and dignity. May we become a new creation filled with vulnerable power. May we go forth renewed as your sons and ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: The Baptism of the Lord

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 ...
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Prayer: The Epiphany of the Lord

You Magi, pray that we might see God revealed in the cosmos as you did. You Searchers, pray that we might act on what we see and move into the unknown full of wonder as you did. You Questioners, pray that we might pore over our tradition seeking to interpret anew what has been handed down to ...
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