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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, August 13, 2012 (Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time)
We have and will have suffering in our lives, and death also.


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Today's Reading
Matt. 17:22-27

In the beginning of today’s reading from Matthew, Jesus foretells His passion and death. He had already spoken of this to His disciples once before and would bring up the subject once again. Three times in all Jesus tells His followers what lies in store for Him.

Apparently Jesus doesn’t want His disciples to think that His suffering and death are accidental, unexpected, unforeseen. He prepares them for what lies ahead.

We, too, have and will have suffering in our life, and death, also. This is not something that should surprise us. It’s not accidental. It’s part of our human existence and we have to receive it as such.

If Jesus suffered and died, how can we expect our personal history to be any different?

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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