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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent)
The whole history of God’s people is centered in the tribe of Judah, Jesus’ tribe.


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Today's Reading
Gen. 49:2, 8-10

During these last days before Christmas, the first readings in the Eucharistic liturgy are more sharply focused on the coming of the Messiah. They illuminate what God’s people were looking forward to. They highlight the hope of God’s people.

Today’s first reading shows us the patriarch Jacob on his deathbed distributing blessings to his twelve sons: handing out futures to them, as it were.

Judah is promised a particularly brilliant future. The passage foretells the supremacy of the tribe of Judah which would find its fulfillment in the dynasty of King David, and ultimately, in the Son of David, Jesus.

The whole history of God’s people is centered in the tribe of Judah, Jesus’ tribe. It is He that we all look forward to.

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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