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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, October 08, 2012 (Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time)
Who is my neighbor? How well do I love that neighbor?



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Today's Reading
Luke 10:25-37

In dialogue with Jesus the legal scholar asks, “Who is my neighbor? What are the criteria that determine that someone has a claim on my love? Where do you draw the line?”

In the parable that follows Jesus does not tell the lawyer where you draw the line. Being neighbor is not a matter of pre-existing relationships to which we respond. “Being neighbor” is a matter of extending ourselves to those in need, regardless of whether or not there are human connections. The question the lawyer asked, “Who is neighbor to me?” was the wrong question. The real question, the one that Jesus answers, is “To whom am I supposed to act as neighbor?”

Who is my neighbor? How well do I love that neighbor? 

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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