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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, October 20, 2012 (Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time)
Those who persist in opposition to the Spirit in Jesus’ work cannot expect forgiveness.



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Today's Reading
Luke 12:8-12

Jesus expects His followers to be faithful to Him and promises that the Holy Spirit will be with them in time of trial.

Those who accept Jesus’ prophetic mission will be acknowledged as His own in the presence of God’s angels. Those who deny the truth of that mission will be rejected by Jesus in the presence of the angels. Yet even they can be forgiven, Jesus says.

It is those who persist in obdurate opposition to the presence of the Spirit in Jesus’ work who cannot expect forgiveness. Repudiating the Holy Spirit of God who animates Jesus’ teaching is to spurn the possibility of God’s forgiveness.

Jesus looks for our faithfulness to Him and our openness to the Holy Spirit. How do I respond?

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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