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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time)
Jesus’ death on the cross was his final act of conquering death itself.



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Today's Reading
Luke 4:31-37

We begin reading Luke’s Gospel with the description of Jesus’ first miracle--the healing and freeing of a man possessed by Satan. In this incident, Luke states what the Gospel is truly about: a battle between good--Jesus--and evil--Satan.
 
And so Luke reassures the reader from the very beginning that the winner of this contest will be Jesus. He does this because throughout the gospels we might think that Satan is getting the upper hand. First Jesus is rejected by the religious leaders who can’t countenance his preaching and teaching. And the savior hanging on the cross might be seen as utter defeat.

But Jesus’ death on the cross was his final act of conquering death itself and Satan, the author of evil. Yes, it was a difficult battle but the outcome was never in doubt. It’s an important reminder for ourselves to understand that Jesus’ journey was not a walk through the tulips. It was stressful and difficult. He knows what our experience of life is.

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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