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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (St. Thomas Aquinas)
The parable invites us to ask ourselves what kind of soil we provide for God’s word.


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Today's Reading
Mark 4:1-20

Mark now gives us some parables, stories intended to raise a question or teach a lesson. The first is the parable of the sower and the seed.

The same seed is sown everywhere. The outcomes vary. When the seed falls on really good ground, the results are spectacular.

Jesus explains to His disciples that the seed represents “the word,” that is, His teaching. The outcome of the planting does not depend on the quality of the seed, which is the same everywhere, but on the medium in which the seed is received.

God’s word is still being sown today. Its fruitfulness depends on where it is planted. The parable invites us to ask ourselves what kind of soil we provide for God’s word.

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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