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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time)
You’re not really serving the Lord if what you do doesn’t bring about goodness.



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Today's Reading
Luke 7:31-35

The sermon on the plain draws to a conclusion. Jesus tells His hearers what it takes to be a good disciple of His. There are two requirements:

First of all, you have to produce good fruit. Your life and work has to yield results that nourish and energize those to whom they are directed. You’re not really serving the Lord if what you do doesn’t bring about goodness.

Secondly, if you are to be a good disciple of the Lord, what you build has to be built strongly. What you leave behind you at the end should have a certain tenacity about it. The people of the Lord are not well served by spiritual shacks.

What results is my service of the Lord producing?

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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