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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time)
You don’t have to be a theologian or a canon lawyer to be saved. But you have to be childlike.



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Today's Reading
Mt. 11:25-27

Not all Jesus’ hearers rejected Him. Some accepted what He was saying. They were the childlike, those who were simply seeking the Lord, seeking salvation. They were not able to bear the complicated demands of the Jewish ritual law, but were looking for a loving relationship with their heavenly Father.

Jesus says that the Father provides the response to this desire of the childlike. The Father grants what His children need, and He grants it through the Son, to those with whom the Son wished to share it.

You don’t have to be a theologian or a canon lawyer to be saved. But you have to be childlike, aware of your weakness, and willing to accept what the Lord has to offer.

Am I childlike?

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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