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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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Earth On Fire

Many people blame religion for bringing strife into the world. They point to the Crusades and the Inquisition as examples.   But religion itself is not to blame. The blame falls on those who call themselves Christians, for instance, but fail to live according to Christ’s commandments of love and ...
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All I Ask

At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us what could be called his final, “death bed” request.   He summed up the entire sense of his incarnation, teaching, passion, death, and resurrection in these few words:   “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will ...
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