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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, March 27, 2012 (Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Lent)
Whether or not we understand what God is doing, we know we must depend on Him.



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Today's Reading
Ps. 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21

The first reading today gives us a strange episode in the story of God’s people. God lifts up a bronze serpent as a means of healing His people in their affliction.

In the gospel, Jesus speaks of His own redemptive lifting up. His enemies would recognize His true identity when He would be lifted up (on the cross).

The responsorial psalm and refrain are prayers for relief in suffering. “Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come unto you.”

We all need God’s help. We must all rely on Him. We cannot depend on our own resources for our well-being. Whether we understand what God is doing or not, we know we must depend on Him. "Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to me.”

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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