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Prayer: First Sunday of Advent

Loving God, You desire that we grow ever more deeply in our relationship with you. As we begin our Advent journey waiting eagerly for the coming of your Son, Jesus, Bless our prayer, our contemplation, our sharing, and our service to others. Amen.   Adapted from Waiting With Joy: Weekly Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Advent, Year ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Malachi (Chapter Chapter 3:19-20a)   This book was probably written about five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, at a time when there was much dishonesty and disrespect for the temple and for the poor and oppressed. “Lo, the day is coming, blazing like ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the second Book of Maccabees (Chapter 7:1-2, 9-14)   We Christians believe not only in the resurrection of Jesus but also in our own resurrection. At the time of Jesus, the Jews were divided about the resurrection of the body on the last day. The Sadducees did not believe in ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of Wisdom (Chapter 11:22-12:2)   This book was written in Alexandria, only about one hundred years before the birth of Jesus, by a man who at times assumes the voice of King Solomon to make sure his readers pay attention to its important messages. It is one of ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the second Book of Sirach (Chapter 35:12-14, 16-18)   “The Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favorites. Though not unduly partial to the weak, yet he hears the cry of the oppressed. The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan, nor to the widow ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the second Book of Exodus (Chapter 17:8-13)   The Amalekites were a tribal desert people who did not like these new people, the Israelites, entering their land sometime after the exodus from Egypt. And so, the Amalekites attacked. Moses told Joshua to resist: “‘Tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in ...
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