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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, August 23, 2012 (Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time)
God’s plan is not addressed to a few special people. It is offered to everybody.


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Today's Reading
Matt. 22:1-14

This reading gives us two teachings about the kingdom.

First there is the parable about those who are invited. God’s plan is not addressed to a few special people. It is offered to everybody, good and bad, rich and poor. If the invitation is rejected at first it is offered again. God is not content until the places are full.

The second parable, about the guest who was improperly dressed, teaches us that some appropriate response to the invitation is called for. The invitation is indeed freely given by God but it has to be properly accepted by those to whom it is addressed. Mere admission to the kingdom is no guarantee of staying in it.

How do I stand in relation to God’s 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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