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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, August 18, 2012 (Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time)
The more we are aware of our weakness and dependency, the closer we are to the kingdom.


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Today's Reading
Matt. 19:13-15

In antiquity children didn’t have much importance or standing. They were without social significance. Why, then, was Jesus concerned about children?

Because they provided a model for our relationship to the kingdom. Children are totally dependent on their parents. We are totally dependent on God for membership in the kingdom. We cannot claim it on the basis of achievement. It’s pure gift. In fact, the more we are aware of our weakness and dependency, the closer we are to the kingdom.

Sometimes people think they have to earn God’s attention so that God will take care of them. That’s not the way it is. What we have to do is acknowledge our weakness and be willing to have God deal with us as His children.

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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