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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, August 16, 2012 (Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time)
We owe love to our neighbor because God loves us and calls us to share His love.


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Today's Reading
Matt. 18: 21-19:1

Forgiving our neighbor means loving him in spite of his offense. When we forgive we do not say that no harm has been done or that no wounds remain. Forgiveness says that the wounds are real but have to be evaluated in the light of the love we owe to our neighbor.

We owe love to our neighbor because God loves us and calls us to share His love with others. We have no right to refuse forgiveness to our neighbor because forgiving is part of loving.

We mustn’t put limits on the love we owe our neighbor, nor on our neighbor’s claim to forgiveness from us. Seventy-seven times? At least!

Forgiveness is not always easy. Neither is loving our neighbor. Neither is loving God.

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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