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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: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes (Chapter 1:2; 2:21-23)   This is a reading of uncertain origin. Some biblical scholars believe it was written about 300 years before the birth of Jesus, others say much earlier. “Qoheleth” is not a personal name but rather a title meaning teacher or preacher—a very gloomy ...
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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: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the First Book of Kings (Chapter 19:16b, 19-21)   Elijah was one of the most important prophets of Israel, and now God was telling him that he must choose Elisha as his successor. The Lord said to Elijah, “You shall anoint Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah as prophet to ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

A reading from the Book of Genesis (Chapter 14:18-20)   Abraham was the father of the Jewish people. Melchizedek is a shadowy character from the Book of Genesis who is mentioned only one more time in the Hebrew Scriptures—in Psalm 110. “You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.” In this ...
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