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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, September 13, 2012 (St. John Chrysostom)
Jesus tells us that we must love our enemies, that we must do good for them, and that we must be generous to them.



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Today's Reading
Luke 6:27-38

Today’s reading is from Luke’s so-called sermon on the plain, parallel to Matthew’s sermon on the mount.

The lectionary gives us the part of the sermon on the plain dealing with our enemies. Three times in this reading Jesus tells us that we must love our enemies, that we must do good for them, and that we must be generous to them. We must act well toward those who do not act well toward us.

There are people in the lives of all of us who do not act well toward us, who never seem willing to do us much good. Jesus says that we must love these people and do good to them as God does to us.

How do I do that?

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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