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

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 8:23-9:3)   We are way back in the eighth century B.C., and the Assyrian army has taken over the two provinces Zebulun and Naphtali. Isaiah says that darkness covers the land, but now, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great ...
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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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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: The Epiphany of the Lord

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 60:1-6)   Light and darkness are two of the great biblical images. In this reading, Isaiah is telling the people of Israel that “your light has come.” Although “darkness covers the earth,” God will bring light to the whole world through Israel.   The word ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

A reading from the Book of Sirach (Chapter 3:2-6, 12-14)   The Book of Sirach was written about two hundred years before the birth of Jesus when male patriarchy was much more common than it is today when we are moving—though too slowly—towards equality between the sexes. Thus, the author of this book ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Fourth Sunday of Advent

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 7:10-14)   Ahaz was the ruler of the kingdom of Judah at a time when Judah and other small nations were allied against the Assyrian Empire which was more powerful and certainly brutal. But Ahaz refused to be true to the coalition, so ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Third Sunday of Advent

A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 35:1-6a, 10)   This Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday, a day of rejoicing because of the great promise that we hear from Isaiah. The prophet addressed this message to the Jewish people in a time of terrible crisis: exile from their homeland, the ...
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