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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (St. Pius X)
Riches can distract from God, cut us off from others, and lead to a life of selfishness.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 19:23-30

Still responding to the rich young man’s question, Jesus points out that it is hard--even impossible--for a wealthy person to enter the kingdom. Riches can distract from God, cut us off from others, and lead to a life of selfishness. Salvation of the rich can only come about by some kind of miracle, through the intervention of God.

So the disciples now ask what they can expect for themselves, since they have in fact given up everything to follow Jesus. Jesus responds that the disciples will receive lofty positions in the kingdom. Followers of Jesus will receive wealth and recognition beyond what they can imagine. In addition, of course, eternal life will be theirs.

What do I expect regarding the kingdom?

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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