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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, September 21, 2012 (St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist)
Our call to follow Jesus is due to the generous will of the Lord.



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Today's Reading
Matt. 9:9-13

There are two aspects of the life of St. Matthew that are instructive for us.

First he was not a respectable person. Tax collectors were agents of Rome, exploiters of their own countrymen. They were not the kind of people that upright Jews wanted to associate with.

Secondly, when Jesus called him, he came. “Matthew got up and followed Him (Jesus),” the reading says. Matthew left his living behind (unseemly and inappropriate as it might have been), and joined the company of Jesus.    

These two aspects of Matthew’s life speak to us. We have become followers of Jesus like Matthew. And our call to follow Jesus is not due to our own special worth or virtue, but simply to the generous will of the Lord.

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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