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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time)
The ability to give, the desire to give to others is itself a gift.



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Today's Reading
2 Cor 8:1-9

Paul now turns to another topic. The church in Jerusalem was living in great poverty as a result of persecution, and Christians elsewhere were coming to its aid with financial assistance.

The churches of Macedonia had been particularly generous in this undertaking. They gave far beyond what anyone could have expected from them.

Paul now encourages the Corinthians to be equally generous and to imitate the poverty of Christ. This will be an expression of their love for their fellow Christians rather than the fulfillment of a command from Paul.

Paul here lays the foundation for a Christian spirituality of generosity. The ability to give, the desire to give to others is itself a gift.

How generous am I to my brothers and sisters? Why?

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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