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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, September 10, 2012 (Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time)
Jesus comes down on the side of compassion. His enemies are left speechless.


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Today's Reading
Luke 6:6-11

Further suspicion of Jesus from the Pharisees. Is this supposedly religious man going to observe the Sabbath ritual and refuse to practice healing on the Sabbath?

Jesus knows what’s in their hearts and throws the matter right back to them. “If healing is a good thing,” He asks, “is it not appropriate to do this good thing on the Sabbath? What do you think?” The Pharisees are not looking for dialog and apparently said nothing. So Jesus answers the question by healing the man.

The Pharisees became enraged. Jesus had gotten the better of them. What Jesus did and said seemed simple: there are times when compassion takes precedence over legal niceties. Jesus comes down on the side of compassion. His enemies are left speechless.

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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