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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 38:4-6; 8-10)   There is an old saying that “no prophet is honored or accepted in his own time.” That was certainly the case with Jeremiah who lived just before the Babylonian Exile of the Jewish people. Israel was surrounded by Egypt, Assyria, ...
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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: 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: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from Book of Deuteronomy (Chapter 30:10-14)   Moses said to the people: “If only you would heed the voice of the Lord, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the Lord your God, with all your heart ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

A reading from Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 19:16b, 19-21)   This book has three sections, and this is the last. It refers to the Babylonian Exile from 597 B.C to 539 B.C. Jerusalem was in ruins as the exiles returned. Imagine how they felt coming back to their holy city, ...
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