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The Name of Jesus

John Adams, one of the great patriots of the American Revolution and one of the architects of our government, led a complex religious life.   He was a practicing Protestant Christian, born a Congregationalist, but his religious views evolved over time until, at last, he became a Unitarian, meaning that he did ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos (Chapter 7:12-15)   “Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos, ‘Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying, but never again prophesy in Bethel.” Amaziah is protecting his own turf and accusing Amos of being a ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel (Chapter 17:22-24)   Ancient Israel was a largely agricultural society, so the great Jewish prophets and Jesus himself often used agricultural images and allegories to convey deep truths. Here, Ezekiel uses the image of a majestic cedar tree. “Birds of every kind shall dwell ...
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Hear the Word! by Bill Ayres: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year B

The Book of Deuteronomy (Chapter 4:32-34,39-40) Deuteronomy is the fifth and last book of the Torah, written around the time of the Babylonian Exile (600 BC). It begins with the story of the Hebrew people wandering in the desert for 40 years, and this chapter focuses on the reality and power of ...
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How To Put Mercy into Practice

The Jubilee Year of Mercy will end next Sunday.   So what to we do now?   We put into practice all the insights and graces we have gained during the past 12 months.   Saint Paul, in his letter to the early Church at Ephesus, told us how simple—and necessary—this is.   “Be ...
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The Sign of God’s Mercy

The Holy Cross is a sign of God’s mercy. God in his mercy allowed his Son to die in order to heal the rift caused by original sin.   The significance of the Cross can be found not so much in “suffering” as in “obedience”—Christ’s willing and passionate surrender to his ...
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