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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, October 06, 2012 (Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time)
God promises us final freedom and joy. He will bring us home again.



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Today's Reading
Luke 10:17-24

This is a song of liberation for the Israelites living in exile in which Jerusalem bewails and consoles her captive children.

First the prophet reminds the Jews of their situation. They are dispersed in the Gentile world and are sick with nostalgia for Jerusalem because of their sins. They acknowledge their sinfulness and their infidelity.

Then Mother Jerusalem speaks. She finds herself desolate, a widow bereft of her offspring. Yet she promises that she will be mindful of them. She will save them from disaster and restore them to enduring joy.

We, too, are in a state of desolation because of our sinfulness. But God promises also to us final freedom and joy. He will be mindful of us. He will bring us home again.

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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