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Sharing the Word Program for Saturday, June 23, 2012 (Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time)
Today's reading exemplifies the unfaithfulness of God's people.



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Today's Reading
2 Chronicles 24:17-25

Today’s reading is the only weekday reading in the Lectionary taken from the books of Chronicles. These two books recount certain aspects of the history of God’s people with special emphasis on prayer and devotion rather than on political achievement.

Our reading exemplifies the unfaithfulness of God's people.

Jehoiada was the high priest of the Jerusalem temple. He managed to recall the southern kingdom to obedience to God, but when he died the nobles of the southern kingdom relapsed into idolatry and killed Jehoiada’s son, Zechariah, when he tried to recall them to faithfulness to God’s service.

God punished the northern kingdom by allowing it to be attacked and despoiled by the Arameans.

It was the beginning of the end for the Kingdom of Israel.

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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