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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, May 14, 2012 (St. Matthias, Apostle)
It was important that the apostolic college be represented by twelve members so as to reflect the twelve tribes of Israel.



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Today's Reading
Ps. 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

Today is the feast of St. Matthias, the disciple chosen to take the place of Judas in the apostolic college.

It was important that the apostolic college be represented by twelve members so as to reflect the twelve tribes of Israel. They were to be the leadership team of the primitive church.

The responsorial psalm for today speaks of Matthias’ choice by God to fill up the full number of the apostles. “The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of His people.”

Still today the Lord is involved with the choice of the Church’s leaders. Priests and bishops are made by ordination, by the sacramental intervention of the Lord, but we are all nonetheless still called to support them with our prayers. 

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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