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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, October 22, 2012 (Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time)
We are offspring of Abraham if we share his faith, if we accept God’s gifts.



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Today's Reading
Luke 12:13-21

Further reflection on Abraham’s faith and righteousness--and ours.

God made promises to Abraham and Abraham believed that God was able to keep His promises and would keep His promises: offspring and prosperity. This constituted the grounds for the righteousness that God attributed to him.

But God has also attributed righteousness to us who believe that Jesus was put to death for our sins and raised for our justification.

Justification, life in God, is a matter of giving and receiving. God offers the gifts of life and prosperity to Abraham and all his descendants, all those who would imitate His faith in God’s promises, all who would accept God’s gifts.

We are offspring of Abraham if we share his faith, if we accept God’s gifts.

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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