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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, September 22, 2012 (Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time)
If the kingdom doesn’t seem to be growing, the fault lies not with the seed but with the soil.


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Today's Reading
Luke 8:4-15

This parable offers an important lesson both for the original hearers of Jesus’ time as well as for Christians of today.

The lesson is that, if the kingdom doesn’t seem to be growing as one would like, the fault lies not with the seed of the word that is being sown, but with the quality of the soil in which the seed is received.

More immediately, if the seed doesn’t produce as we would like, it’s probably our fault.

It might be interesting if we tried to remove all the obstacles to the word in our present lives: defense mechanisms, mistrust of God, dependencies, inappropriate desires, resentments, and the like. We would almost certainly find that the soil we offer the Lord is much richer.

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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