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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (St. Monica)
A hypocrite is somebody who pretends to be more virtuous than he actually is.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 23:27-32

Matthew’s twenty-third chapter is a long denunciation of the iniquities of the scribes and Pharisees. The recurrent theme in Jesus’ censure is “hypocrites.” What’s wrong with the scribes and Pharisees is that they are hypocrites.

A hypocrite is somebody who pretends to be more virtuous than he actually is, whose actions do not correspond to the thoughts of his heart. The Pharisees’ posture of religiosity was not in accord with their selfish thoughts and intentions.

There are other hypocrites, too: the man who cheats in business, the gossipy woman who pretends to be kind.

To some extent each of us is a hypocrite because none of us expresses in our actions the full limitations of our hearts.

To what extent am I a hypocrite?

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Emeritus 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 of 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. Archbishop Pilarczyk’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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