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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, April 13, 2012 (Friday of Easter Week)
Jesus' work is a work of mercy that will endure forever. It calls for thanks and praise.



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Today's Reading
Ps. 118:1-2, 4, 22-24, 25-27

Apparently this psalm was composed to accompany a victory procession into the temple precincts.  God’s people have unexpectedly triumphed over their enemies and now celebrate their triumph with gladness and thanksgiving.

But the psalm also serves to celebrate other works of salvation carried out by God, surprising works of liberation and mercy. One might say that the psalm is a song of deliverance, a song of celebration, a song of surprise.

The liturgy of the Church has applied this psalm to the saving death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus the rejected, Jesus the condemned has become the savior of us all, the cornerstone of God’s new people. His work is a work of mercy that will endure forever. It calls for thanks and praise.

Alleluia!

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop 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 in 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. The archbishop’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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