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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, July 04, 2012 (Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time)
God takes no pleasure in the Israelites' religious solemnities, their offerings, their songs.


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Today's Reading
Amos 5:14-15, 21-24

In today’s reading Amos speaks to the Israelites about God’s expectations for them. They are to seek good and avoid evil. They are to work for justice in their relationships with one another. Then God will be with them and have pity on them.

By means of His prophet God says that He takes no pleasure in their religious solemnities, their offerings, their songs. It is not that the Lord condemns ritual worship in itself, but a cult whose rites and solemnities have no relation to interior morality and justice.

If they want to offer pleasing sacrifices to the Lord, the sacrifices have to include an abundance of justice and unfailing goodness, surging like a stream.

What kind of offerings do I make to God?

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop 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 in 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. The archbishop’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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