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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, July 28, 2012 (Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time)
The Kingdom of God is not yet completed. It’s still growing, and the mission of Jesus is to promote that growth.



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Today's Reading
Mt. 13:24-30

Now comes a series of parables about the kingdom. The kingdom was the main theme of Jesus’ preaching. There are some fifty parables and sayings of Jesus concerned with the kingdom.

The Kingdom of God is a state in which everything has been brought together into the will of God. Everything has become what God intended it to be. When the Kingdom of God has been finally implemented, the Father will be in full control of His creation.

But the Kingdom of God is not yet completed. It’s still growing, still developing and the mission of Jesus is to promote that growth and development.

Today’s parable and those that follow are about the development of God’s kingdom, a process that is still under way today.

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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