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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, September 17, 2012 (Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time)
The centurion understands giving orders. He has faith in Jesus’s authority.



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Today's Reading
Luke 7:1-10

This reading is about faith and authority.

The centurion has heard about Jesus and sends some of his Jewish friends to Jesus asking Him to cure his slave, who is dying. As Jesus approaches the centurion’s house, the Roman sends word to Jesus again. He doesn’t have to come all the way to his house. The centurion is convinced that all that Jesus has to do is give an order and the slave will be healed.

The centurion understands giving orders. He does it all the time. His soldiers obey him because he has authority over them. The centurion has faith in Jesus’s authority. “Just say it and it will happen.” And it does.

How have I experienced the authority of Jesus in my life?

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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