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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, April 19, 2012 (Thursday of the Second Week of Easter)
Am I conscious of the Lord’s care for me? How do I respond?



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Today's Reading
Ps. 34:2, 9, 17-18, 19-20

Our reflection for today is based on Psalm 34, and is a repetition or continuation of yesterday’s psalm. Like yesterday’s psalm it deals with God’s care for the poor.

Psalm 34 invites the just man to be aware of how good the Lord is. The Lord confronts evildoers and when the just cry out, the Lord hears them and rescues them from their distress.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Even though the troubles of the just are many, the Lord delivers them.

The Lord cares for all the just. He rescues them from trouble. “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” Am I conscious of the Lord’s care for me? How do I respond?

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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