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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, April 23, 2012 (Monday of the Third Week of Easter)
Do I look on God’s law as burden and threat, or as gift?


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Today's Reading
Ps. 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30

Today’s psalm reflection is based on Psalm 119, an extended treatment of “the law.” It is the longest psalm in the Bible. It proclaims God’s self-revelation.

In a series of synonyms the text announces God’s outreach to His people. It expresses commitment to the word of God delivered by the people in various situations.

Here we have God laying down the law to His people. We tend to look on “laying down the law” as threat, as God putting forth demands for obedience. In fact what God is offering us here is truth and blessing. If we accept it as such, we will find ourselves following the path of virtue and fulfillment.

Do I look on God’s law as burden and threat, or as gift?

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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