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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, September 07, 2012 (Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time)
You don’t respond to the newness that Jesus is proclaiming by grim dolefulness.



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Today's Reading
Luke 5:33-39

Now come the Pharisees, rigorists who pestered Jesus throughout His ministry because He did not observe the Jewish law as severely as they did.

“Why don’t you people fast as we do?” they ask. Observant Jews fasted as expiation for sins, as penitence, as a sign of mourning, to express their wretchedness before God.

Jesus responds that there’s no reason for His disciples to fast yet, no reason for them to be somber. There’s a new state of things here, a state of joyfulness and innovation. The appropriate response is rejoicing, like guests at a wedding.

You don’t respond to the newness that Jesus is proclaiming by grim dolefulness.

Jesus expects His followers to be happy, to be joyful, to be grateful in His company.

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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