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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, July 21, 2012 (Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time)
This kind and loving and quiet Jesus is the Jesus who reaches out to us, who wants to bless us with His kindness.



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Today's Reading
Mt. 12:14-21

The Pharisees are troubled by Jesus’ words and actions. He has to be eliminated.

Jesus responds by laying low. He doesn’t want publicity. He prefers to be the quiet servant of the Lord that Isaiah foretold.

This servant of the Lord will not make a great fuss, or demand attention, or undo every wrong he comes upon. Rather, he will be an agent of the Spirit of God, meek and gentle in the face of hostility. He is concerned with kindness more than with victory. He will extend the loving justice of God--even to the Gentiles.

This kind and loving and quiet Jesus is the Jesus who reaches out to us, who wants to bless us with His kindness. How do I respond?

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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