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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter)
It had become clear that Gentiles could be received into the community of Jesus.



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Today's Reading
Acts 14:19-28

Paul and Barnabas now retraced their steps to Antioch in Syria where they had begun. On their way they offered encouragement and instruction to the Christian communities in Lystra and Iconium and Antioch in Pisidia. They identified elders to provide leadership for them.

When they arrived at Antioch in Syria they reported to the Church all that had occurred on their journey. They had established communities of faith everywhere. Most important of all, it had become clear that Gentiles could be received into the community of Jesus. You didn’t have to become a Jew in order to be saved.

The Church had reached an important point in its early life. But the full implications of the journey of Paul and Barnabas remained to be seen.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Emeritus 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 of 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. Archbishop Pilarczyk’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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