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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, August 03, 2012 (Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time)
The Church teaches us that Jesus is the only source of sense and meaning for our human life.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 13:54-58

“We know this Jesus. He’s just like us. How can He ever claim to be a prophet? Who does He think He is,” the villagers ask.

That’s an important question: who does He think He is. Just as significant is the question: who do we think He is. Every human being has to answer that question. It’s the most important question of our lives.

Is Jesus a prophet, a philosopher, a charlatan, an imposter? There are lots of ways to interpret Jesus. Each of us has to come to some sort of conclusion about Him.

The Church teaches us that Jesus is savior, redeemer, the Son of God, the only source of sense and meaning for our human life.

What do I make of Jesus?

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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