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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time)
Jesus calls for good intentions and good works because He is Lord of heart and action.



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Today's Reading
Luke 11:37-41

The Pharisee who had invited Jesus to dinner is scandalized because Jesus does not observe the Jewish custom of hand-washing before the meal.

Jesus responds with teaching that applies both to the Pharisee and to us.

Jesus says that our religious practices must come from the heart. Prayer, Scripture reading, charitable works, ritual observances are all merely superficial unless they arise both from the love of our hearts and the deliberation of our minds.

Good works without good intentions are hypocrisy. Good intentions without good works are simply wishful thinking.

Jesus calls for both good intentions and good works because He is Lord of both heart and action.    

How much of my life is action? How much is intention? What’s the relationship between them?

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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