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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, October 31, 2012 (Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time)
We can’t deserve or earn admission to the kingdom. But at the same time, we have to work for it.



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Today's Reading
Luke 13:22-30

People ask Jesus whether only a few people will be saved. Jesus doesn’t answer that question, but He does say that many will not be saved. And those who are will need to strive to qualify for admission. Superficial commitment will not be sufficient. Many who think that they have done enough to qualify will find that they are excluded. Others, outsiders, who seemed to be less likely prospects will find themselves seated at the banquet of the kingdom with Abraham and his descendants.

Jesus’ point here is that we can’t deserve or earn admission to the kingdom. But at the same time, we have to work for it. Merely going through the motions of discipleship isn’t enough.

How do I relate to the kingdom?

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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