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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, April 6, 2012 (Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord)
We cannot make our sufferings go away. We can only pray to God for deliverance.


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Today's Reading
Ps. 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25

Our first reading for today is Isaiah’s fourth and final servant song.

The responsorial psalm presents the servant in a state of misery and affliction. He is an object of reproach, a laughingstock to his neighbors. He is of no value, like a piece of broken crockery.

The psalmist prays for deliverance. He asks for God to rescue him from his persecutors. His only hope is the goodness of God. “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

Jesus made these words His own as He died on the cross.

This attitude of confidence in suffering is appropriate for all Christians in time of trial. We cannot free ourselves. We cannot, ourselves, make our sufferings go away. We can only pray to God for deliverance.

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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