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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, October 13, 2012 (Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time)
Human relationships are important. But more important is our relationship with God.



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Today's Reading
Luke 11:27-28

This short reading is more about our relationship with God’s word than about our natural family.

The woman in the crowd calls out that Jesus’ mother must be very proud, having a Son like Him. Jesus does not deny that His mother is blessed through her relationship with Him. But more important than physical relationships, He says, are relationships with God that arise from hearing the word of God and keeping it.

What is important to all of us is not family background, but being in touch with the word of God. Being “born Catholic” isn’t of much use to us if it doesn’t bring us closer to God and to God’s word.

Human relationships are important. But more important is our relationship with God.

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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