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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, September 15, 2012 (Our Lady of Sorrows)
Jesus calls us to faithfulness also. We shouldn’t be surprised if that involves suffering.



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Today's Reading
John 19:25-27

Yesterday the Church celebrated the faithfulness of Jesus that led Him to the cross.

Today, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we celebrate the faithfulness of Mary to her calling to participate in our salvation. This faithfulness involved suffering. It was suffering that lasted throughout the life of Jesus.

The lectionary offers the celebrants of the Eucharist a choice of gospel readings today, one dealing with the earliest part of Jesus’ life, the other with His death. Mary’s faithfulness stretched throughout the whole life of Jesus.

The sorrows of Mary do not find their significance in the pain that they caused Mary, but rather in the faithfulness that they expressed.

Jesus calls us to faithfulness also. We shouldn’t be surprised if that involves suffering. 

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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