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Sharing the Word Program for Friday, June 22, 2012 (Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time)
After King Solomon’s death the land was divided into two separate kingdoms.


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Today's Reading
2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20

The brightest years of the monarchy were generally in the reigns of David and Solomon.

After Solomon’s death things changed for the worse. Most significant was the division of the land into two separate kingdoms: the kingdom of Israel in the north and the kingdom of Judah in the south.

The relations between the two were problematic. Scholars often find it difficult to keep straight who was king where at any given moment and what was the religious posture of each. 

Within the realms there were tensions, revolutions, palace coups, complicated dynamics, good kings and bad kings, long reigns and short ones. What we hear about in today’s reading offers an example.

God was involved with His people throughout but it wasn’t always clear how.

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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