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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (St. James, Apostle)
The apostles are all human, holding their gifts from God in earthen vessels.



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Today's Reading
Mt. 20:20-28

Today is the feast of St. James “the Greater,” so called because he followed Christ before the other apostle of the same name and was the first of the Twelve to be martyred.

The first reading for today’s liturgy outlines the spiritual autobiography of an apostle. It’s about St. Paul but it applies to all the apostles, past, present, future.

The apostles are all human, holding their gifts from God in earthen vessels, limited, hard-working, reflecting the sufferings of Jesus, aware that all the blessings of their apostolic ministry come from the dying of Jesus and are directed toward the manifestation of the risen Christ.

We are not members of the apostolic college but we are called to make our contribution to the apostle’s work.

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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