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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, July 30, 2012 (Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time)
The kingdom of God is still growing, still alive, its energy and power still at work today.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 13:31-35

The kingdom of God is God’s final embrace of all creation to Himself.

Jesus’ mission was to bring about that final destiny that God had for the world. But the mission did not seem to be succeeding. The beginnings of the kingdom seemed insignificant.

Today’s parables teach us that small beginnings are not the last word. The initial growth of the kingdom is small, but its final results impressive. It will be like the final stage of a great plant that starts out as a tiny seed. It will be like a loaf of bread big enough for a hundred people resulting from a tiny bit of yeast.

The kingdom of God is still growing, still alive, its energy and power still at work 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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