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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time)
The treasure Jesus has prepared for those who are faithful will far outweigh any material good.



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Today's Reading
Matt 13:44-46

Today we’re given another image of the “kingdom of heaven.” Jesus speaks of a treasure buried in a field, but it is discovered by chance. The treasure is magnificent and invaluable and so the man wisely hides the treasure, and sells all he has so he can buy the treasure-rich field.

This is Jesus’ way of saying that for those who believe, the gift of faith is a treasure of goodness, truth, and guidance. It is far more valuable than any earthly or material treasure.

For centuries, true believers have often been persecuted for their beliefs, in spite of their innocence and goodness. But Jesus assures us that the treasure he has prepared for those who are faithful will far outweigh any material good, pleasure, wealth, or fame they might have obtained during their earthly journey.

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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