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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, June 16, 2012 (Immaculate Heart of Mary)
God calls all of us in various ways to offer support to one another in God’s work.



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Today's Reading
1 Kings 19:19-21

Elijah’s prophetic mission was not to be exercised in a solitary way. God sent him an associate in the person of Elisha. Today’s reading offers an account of the calling of Elisha.

Elijah comes upon Elisha plowing with twelve yoke of oxen. (Elisha was obviously a man of some substance.) Elijah throws his cloak, symbolizing his prophetic office, onto Elisha’s shoulders, expressing the call of Elisha to share Elijah’s prophetic calling.

Elisha indicates his acceptance of the calling by his generous renunciation of family and wealth, not because he is forced into the prophetic calling by Elijah but because he is willing, even anxious to become Elijah’s associate.

God calls all of us in various ways to offer support to one another in God’s work.

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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