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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, July 26, 2012 (Sts. Joachim and Anne)
God was trying to instill in his people a sense of awe and reverence in His presence.



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Mt. 13:10-17

Moses had now led the Israelites to the foot of Mount Sinai and instructed them to prepare themselves for the coming of God.

On the appointed day there was thunder and lightning and trumpet blasts and earthquake. The whole mountain trembled.

The Lord ordered the people not to go up the mountain. They were to maintain a reverential distance. God would speak to Moses privately, away from the people.

God wasn’t intending to frighten the people by these tremendous happenings. He was trying to instill in them a sense of awe and reverence in His presence. God was mighty. God was not to be trifled with.

God demands our reverence today, not with cosmic events, perhaps, but with manifestations of power that demand our attention.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk,  the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974 and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. The archbishop’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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