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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, October 27, 2012 (Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time)
We are all called to acknowledge our sinfulness and to ask for God’s pardon.



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Today's Reading
Luke 13:1-9

Jesus here teaches about repentance.

First, you shouldn’t have to experience catastrophe to be brought to repentance. The Galileans who were killed by Pilate or who died under the falling tower were not necessarily in greater need of repentance than anybody else. We are all called to acknowledge our sinfulness and ask for God’s pardon.

Secondly, the fact that we do not experience catastrophe does not mean that everything is as it should be between us and God. Like the owner of the fig tree, God may be giving us a last chance to deal with our lack of fruitfulness.

Whatever the circumstances of our life, repentance has to be part of it. We are all sinners and we all need to acknowledge our sinfulness.

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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