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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, September 08, 2012 (Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
If Mary hadn’t been willing to play her part in the story of salvation, things would have been very different.



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Today's Reading
Matt 1:1-16, 18-23

Today the Church celebrates the birthday of our Blessed Mother, an important event in the story of salvation.

The gospel reading gives us the genealogy of Joseph, the legal father of Jesus. Without all those people, and without the cooperation of Joseph, God’s plan of salvation wouldn’t have come to fulfillment. It’s the same with Mary. If she hadn’t been willing to play her part in the story of salvation, things would have been very different.

In Matthew’s genealogy we have a detailed example of how God worked to get to the outcome He wanted. In the birth of Mary we see God’s plan coming to fulfillment from another direction.

Thanks be to God for Joseph and the family. Thanks be to God for Mary.

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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