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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, August 08, 2012 (St. Dominic)
We all have been offered what Jesus and His apostles came to deliver.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 15:21-28

The first lesson here is that during His earthly life Jesus chose to concern Himself almost exclusively with the Jews. Only occasionally does He extend Himself to the needs of Gentiles. The general offer of salvation to the Gentiles would come later, through the preaching of Jesus’ apostles.

The second lesson has to do with perseverance in prayer. Jesus tells the woman that she doesn’t qualify for His ministration. She won’t take no for an answer. Jesus is impressed by her faith and grants her request.

We have all been offered what Jesus and His apostles came to deliver. But if we are going to benefit from what is being offered we have to be receptive and keep asking Jesus for what we need.

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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