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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, July 20, 2012 (Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time)
It’s easy to judge others but when we do, we may find Jesus judging us in return.


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Today's Reading
Mt. 12:1-8

Further opposition to Jesus by the Pharisees. The disciples are picking grain on the Sabbath. That’s tantamount to harvesting. Harvesting on the Sabbath is forbidden. Therefore Jesus’ disciples are not observing the law and Jesus seems to be approving their non-compliance.

Jesus wipes away their accusations by giving them four answers. One, David did something like what the disciples are doing and so set a precedent for them. Two, the temple priests work on the Sabbath and nobody says they’re doing wrong. Three, human needs, like hunger, supersede the details of the law. Four, Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and can make whatever rules He wants.

It’s easy to judge others, but when we do, we may find Jesus judging us in return.

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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