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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, July 31, 2012 (St. Ignatius Loyola)
We are in the field of God’s kingdom, growing toward the harvest that will surely come.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 13:36-43

When Jesus tells the parable of the weeds and the wheat to the crowds, the point was that the growth of the kingdom requires patience. We should not try to anticipate God’s judgment.

When Jesus explains the parable to His disciples, the point seems different. Now the emphasis seems to be on the threat of stern judgment for sinners at the end of the growing season.

The common point of both versions of the parable seems to be that the growth of the kingdom involves judgment, a judgment that only God can make, that involves the moral quality of those being judged.

We are in the field of God’s kingdom, growing toward the harvest that will surely come. Are we the wheat or the weeds?

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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