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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time)
Human distinctions are irrelevant. Being in Christ, living in Christ is all that counts.



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Today's Reading
Luke 6:20-26

Being saved consists in sharing in the risen life of the risen Christ.

But there are consequences. Everything is not concluded at baptism. We must re-orient ourselves to consistency with the risen life of Christ and eradicate from our earthly life whatever is inconsistent with life in Christ.

Paul offers a list of changes that life in Christ demands: no more anger, no more lying, no more obscenity. You have to be remade in the image of Christ. Human distinctions are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if you are Jew or Gentile, slave or free, or even Scythian (the most barbaric of the barbarians). Being in Christ, living in Christ is all that counts.

That was the Christian agenda for the Colossians. It’s our agenda, too.

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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