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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, September 11, 2012 (Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time)
You didn’t have to qualify to approach Jesus. You just had to want to be near Him.


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Today's Reading
Luke 6:12-19

In this reading we first see Jesus choosing twelve apostles from among His other disciples. These twelve were to represent the twelve tribes of Israel, the new people of God. They were to be eyewitnesses of Jesus’ ministry and the link between Jesus and the future community of faith.

The apostles were not prominent people. Some of them were businessmen. Some were fishermen. One was a low level government official. All were pretty ordinary.

We also see the crowd. It was a mixed group of people: Jews and gentiles, from near and far, many afflicted with diseases and unclean spirits. You didn’t have to qualify to approach Jesus. You just had to want to be near Him.

Jesus was not elitist, either then or now.

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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