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'Hear the Word!' by Bill Ayres: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Bill Ayres on Feb 26, 2022 6:00:00 AM

A reading from the Book of Sirach

(Chapter 27:4-7)

This is one of the “wisdom books” in the Hebrew scriptures. Here we have observations that were true thousands of years ago and are true today.

“In tribulation is the test of the just.” Yes! The hard times often test us and reveal who we really are.

“The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had…. So too does one’s speech disclose the bent of one’s mind…. Praise no one before he speaks, for it is then that people are trusted.”

It is true. Our words say a great deal about who we really are, even though we also believe that “Actions speak louder than words.”

Responsorial Psalm

(Psalm 92)

“Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.” How often do you give thanks to the Lord? Sometimes? Often? Every day? How about right now?

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Topics: Reflections on the coming Sunday's Gospel, RENEW International, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

'Hear the Word!' by Bill Ayres: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Bill Ayres on Feb 19, 2022 6:00:00 AM

A reading from the prophecy of Jeremiah

(Chapter 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23)

Samuel, who lived more than a thousand years before the birth of Jesus, was an important person in the history of Israel. He has been called the last of the judges and the first of the prophets. He had secretly anointed Saul as king of Israel, but Saul turned out to be wrong for the role. When the incident we read about today occurred, Israel was at war with the Philistines, but Saul was obsessed with hunting down his son-in-law David, whom he feared as a rival for the throne. While Saul was asleep, David snuck into his camp and could have killed him. Instead, he took Saul’s spear back to his own camp and showed it to his men. He told them that he did not kill Saul who was trying to kill him: “Today, though the Lord delivered you into my grasp, I would not harm the Lord’s anointed.” Later, of course, David became the greatest of all the kings of Israel with the blessings of God.

Responsorial Psalm

(Psalm 103)

“The Lord is kind and merciful.” This was an important concept for the Jewish people, because the gods worshiped by their contemporaries were anything but “kind and merciful.” It’s an important concept for us, too, because many of our contemporaries worship false godspower, prestige, moneythat also are neither kind nor merciful.

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Topics: love one another as I love you, Reflections on the coming Sunday's Gospel, RENEW International, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, The golden rule

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