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Sharing the Word Program for Monday, June 25, 2012 (Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time)
Only one of the twelve tribes remained that could claim some degree of faithfulness to God.



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Today's Reading
2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18

Things went from bad to worse in the Northern Kingdom. The king of Assyria, Shalmaneser, laid siege to Samaria, the capital city of the northern kingdom. Finally, after three years, about 722 B.C., the city fell. Shalmaneser deported large numbers of the kingdom’s elite to Assyria and other nearby countries. The strength of the Northern Kingdom was destroyed. Foreigners were brought in to populate the region.

The fate of the Northern Kingdom was self-inflicted. Its citizens had sinned against the Lord. They rejected His statutes. They disregarded the covenant that God had made with them. They were no longer His people.

Only one of the original twelve tribes remained that could claim some degree of faithfulness to God. Only the tribe of Judah was left.

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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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