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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (St. Pio of Pietrelcina)
Our churches serve as expressions of our identity, as the temple did for the Jews.


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Today's Reading
Prov. 21:1-6, 10-13

When the small group of Jews returned to Jerusalem, one of their most important tasks was the reconstruction of the temple, the expression of their corporate identity.

Today’s reading tells us that even the king of the Persians, several years after the initial return, insisted that attention be given to the project.

Not everybody was enthusiastic, but nonetheless the reconstruction of the temple was brought to conclusion in 515 [B.C.], some twenty years after the initial return from Babylon.

The temple was important for the Jewish returnees because it was an expression of their identity. It proclaimed who they were.

Our churches serve as expressions of our identity, too. That’s why we treasure them. That’s why we reverence them. That’s why we are grateful for them.

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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