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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, October 05, 2012 (Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time)
Rejection of the kingdom makes us vulnerable to rejection by the Lord.



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Today's Reading
Luke 10:13-16

The offer of salvation that Jesus proclaimed to the towns and villages He visited was not a matter of “take it or leave it.” At issue was the eternal salvation of those Jesus addressed. If they accepted His offer of salvation, they would be welcomed into the kingdom. Otherwise they would be rejected.

Many people today reject Jesus. They are not interested in what He has to offer. They look on faith and religion as a kind of hobby, appropriate for those who like that sort of thing, irrelevant to those who don’t.

There are plenty of other things more appealing than Jesus’ kingdom. But rejection of the kingdom makes us vulnerable to rejection by the Lord. “Woe to you Washington, woe to you Cincinnati.”

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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