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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the book of the prophet Sirach (Chapter 3:17-18, 20, 28-29)   This is one of the few times in the liturgical cycles when we read from a book of Jewish writings that is not an accepted part of the Hebrew Bible. Yet, it is part of Jewish wisdom teaching. The ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 66:18-21)   The Book of the Prophet Isaiah was not written by one person all at once. There are three main sections, and today’s reading comes from the last chapter of the third section, written as the Jewish people were finally returning from ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the book of Wisdom (Chapter 18:6-9)   This reading is from the Book of Wisdom, so what is the wisdom offered here? Perhaps it is faithfulness to God’s promises in the face of challenges and persecutions over a long period of time. That was certainly true for the ancient Israelites, ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the book of Genesis (Chapter 18:20-32)   Imagine making a deal with God, bargaining with God over the fate of thousands of people. That is the scene here with Abraham asking God to spare the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is like a scene from a Middle Eastern ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the book of Genesis (Chapter 18:1-10a)   “The Lord appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre. … Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby.” So, God appeared to Abraham, but not as one person but rather as three. It is hard to know who these men were except ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

A reading from Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 19:16b, 19-21)   This book has three sections, and this is the last. It refers to the Babylonian Exile from 597 B.C to 539 B.C. Jerusalem was in ruins as the exiles returned. Imagine how they felt coming back to their holy city, ...
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