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Sharing the Word Program for Wednesday, October 10, 2012 (Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time)
God is primarily a father providing care for His children in present and future.



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Today's Reading
Luke 11:1-4

This is Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer. It’s the same prayer we find in Matthew’s gospel, but with a different tonality. Scholars say Matthew has an Aramaic flavor and is more oriented to eschatological concerns. Luke seems more oriented to Gentiles and the daily needs of the Church.

Both versions teach us how we are to address God, but also describe the kind of God we are to address. He is a God who is primarily a father providing care for His children in present and future. He is a father who forgives and expects His children to be forgiving. He is a father who will protect His children when the time of final trial arrives.

What kind of Father do I pray to?

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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