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Posts Tagged ‘Gospel according to Luke’



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

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Micah (Chapter 5:1-4a)   The prophet Micah lived some 700 years before Jesus at a time when Israel was overtaken by the Assyrians. Micah offers a hopeful promise for a messiah: “He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord, ...
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The God of Hope Comes Even in the Darkness

The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the ...
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Third Week of Advent: “What Should We Do?”

God of all creation, the barrenness of winter is upon the landscape. Cold is in the air. Help us to be aware of your Spirit at work in all we experience in these special weeks of Advent. May we embrace the season as an opportunity to grow in our knowledge of ourselves and in our relationship with you. We ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Third Sunday of Advent

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah (Chapter 3:14-18A)   This prophecy warns the Jewish people of God’s judgment of the nation because of its sins but, like much of the prophetic literature, it ends with a promise of God’s blessings on those who survive: “Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! ...
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Second Week of Advent: Make Straight the Way!

God, Father of us all, your servant John the Baptist proclaimed you in the wilderness. May we listen to that call and hear you as well in those who call to us now. Make us more attentive to your Word: forgive us for when we have not listened to you, and help us to prepare for your ...
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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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