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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, October 30, 2012 (Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time)
If the kingdom--the Church--is not everything we would like it to be, it’s not because there is something wrong.



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Today's Reading
Luke 13:18-21

These parables--the mustard seed and the yeast--are important for us who are concerned with the kingdom and its manifestation, the Church.

They teach us that there is power and energy at work in the kingdom. It has started off with small beginnings, but grows toward maturity in ways that are beyond our expectations. Its small beginnings lead to great outcomes.

But the kingdom isn’t yet complete. It is still growing. If the kingdom--the Church--is not everything we would like it to be, it’s not because there is something wrong, but because the Church is what Jesus said it would be--a project that involves growth, development, incompleteness.

Thanks be to God for the kingdom, for its growth, for its ongoing progress.

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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