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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, September 27, 2013 (St. Vincent de Paul)
God emphasizes His power and His determination to maintain His covenant.


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Today's Reading
Hagg 2:1-9

The reconstruction of the temple is under way. Many felt that it could not possibly rival the splendor of the temple of Solomon. But Haggai proclaims this oracle of encouragement.

The Lord will be present in this house. Its glory, enhanced by the offerings of the Gentiles, will surpass the splendor of the former temple. This temple will still be a sign of God’s covenant with Israel. The external sign of the covenant may be less imposing, but the Lord’s promise will be just as real and strong.

No less than six times in this brief pronouncement God emphasizes His power and His determination to maintain His covenant with His people. “Thus says the Lord of hosts.”

Still today the Lord looks after His people.

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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