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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, April 5, 2012 (Holy Thursday)
Every Eucharist in which we participate is a sacrifice of thanksgiving for God’s gifts to us.


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Today's Reading
Ps. 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18

Psalm 116 is a thanksgiving song. The cup of salvation, the blessing cup, is an offering poured out as a sacrifice of gratitude for having been saved in time of need.

For the Christian believer the cup of blessing is an expression of thanksgiving for the salvation conferred by the suffering and death of Jesus. The cup of salvation, the blood of Christ, brings about a communion with the saving action of Jesus.

Every Eucharist in which we participate is a sacrifice of thanksgiving for God’s gifts to us. It is a deepening of our communion with the Lord Jesus.

Do I look on sharing the Eucharist as a sacrifice of thanksgiving? What do I give the Lord in return for His gifts 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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