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Posts Tagged ‘Reflections on the coming Sunday’s Gospel’


 

 

“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: The Baptism of the Lord

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 42:1-4; 6-7)   “Thus says the Lord: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have placed my spirit.” Who is this servant that the Lord says is his chosen one? Is it ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

A reading from the Book of Sirach (Chapter 3:2-6, 12-14)   The Book of Sirach was written about two hundred years before the birth of Jesus when male patriarchy was much more common than it is today when we are moving—though too slowly—towards equality between the sexes. Thus, the author of this book ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Fourth Sunday of Advent

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 7:10-14)   Ahaz was the ruler of the kingdom of Judah at a time when Judah and other small nations were allied against the Assyrian Empire which was more powerful and certainly brutal. But Ahaz refused to be true to the coalition, so ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Second Sunday of Advent

A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 11:1-10)   The prophets of Israel preached several massages, some hopeful and some judgmental, but all to awaken the people of Israel during hard times and give them courage. Here, Isaiah talks about a new leader, a future king. “The spirit of the ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: First Sunday of Advent

A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah (Chapter Chapter 2:1-5)   “In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills….For from Zion shall go forth instruction and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

A reading from the Book of the Second Book of Samuel (Chapter Chapter 5:1-3)   David was the greatest king of Israel, chosen by God and “all the tribes of Israel.”   “And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall shepherd my people Israel and be commander of Israel.’” So, David had two responsibilities—shepherd, or ...
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