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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent)
Jeremiah asks God to remember that what he had proclaimed was done for the well-being of the people.



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Today's Reading
Jer. 18:18-20

Jeremiah has been preaching about the people’s sinfulness. They are not receptive. “We don’t need Jeremiah,” they say. “We’ve got plenty of guidance already. Let’s find some way to get rid of this troublesome maverick.”

Jeremiah turns to God for help and asks God to remember that what he had proclaimed to the people was done at God’s behest, for the well-being of the people.

This reading is a sample of the response that Jesus would receive to His preaching, but it also serves to highlight the response that representatives of the Church today sometimes receive when they call God’s people to repentance. Proclaiming the Church’s teaching about sexuality, social justice, marriage, war and peace doesn’t often elicit much applause from God’s people, does it?

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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