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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, August 30, 2012 (Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time)
The coming of the kingdom can catch us by surprise if we are not careful.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 24:42-51

Jesus had been preaching about the kingdom all His life. Now, as Matthew’s gospel draws to a close, Jesus speaks of the coming of the kingdom with increased intensity.

The kingdom involves the coming of Jesus in power and glory to judge the living and the dead, to discern each person’s final relationship with God. When the kingdom finally arrives, the destiny of each of us will be determined forever.

In the brief parables we hear today about the thief in the night and the devoted servant, Jesus tells us to stay awake and be attentive to the coming of the kingdom. It can catch us by surprise if we are not careful.

What part does the coming of the kingdom play in my life?

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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