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God did not give the Promised Land to Abraham and his descendants outright.



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Today's Reading
Lv 25:1, 8-17

Just as there is a dimension of holiness to time, so also there is a dimension of holiness to property. Our possessions are not ours pure and simple. Everything we have is on loan to us from God and is to be restored to Him at regularly established intervals.

The Promised Land belonged to God. He did not give it outright to Abraham and his descendants, but retained its ownership and its disposition. The people of Israel was merely God’s tenant, and the gesture of restoration to God that was expressed in the sabbatical and jubilee years was a sign of God’s real ownership. 

The land was holy because it belonged to God, and giving it back to God was a sign of that holiness.

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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