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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, August 17, 2012 (Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time)
Jesus is very clear that God intends marriage to be permanent and monogamous.


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Today's Reading
Matt. 19:3-12

Jesus has been teaching about reconciliation and forgiveness. Now He turns to another interpersonal relationship, one of the most fundamental of all: marriage.

Jesus is very clear that God intends marriage to be permanent and monogamous. People who do not respect the nature of marriage are committing adultery.

That’s demanding enough for the disciples to ask whether it means that followers of Jesus shouldn’t get married. That’s not what Jesus says. It’s true that some people are not called to marriage. They are called to be single for the sake of the kingdom, but these are the exception. For most people, marriage is the norm.

Marriage may not be easy, but God’s law remains the same. It’s not up to us to do things differently.

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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