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Sharing the Word Program for Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time)
"...I, God, will save the city for the sake of my servant David.”



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Today's Reading
2 Kings 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36

The Assyrians did not leave the Jews in peace for long. Just twenty years after the capture of Samaria by King Shalmaneser, his successor twice removed, King Sennacherib, attacked Jerusalem.

The king of Judah at this time was Hezekiah, deeply devoted to the God of his people.

Sennacherib threatens the Judeans and their king with destruction. Hezekiah goes into the temple and prays for deliverance from the enemy.

God sends the prophet Isaiah to reassure King Hezekiah. “The Assyrians won’t get close enough to shoot an arrow at Jerusalem. I, God, will save the city for the sake of my servant David.”

That night the Lord attacked the Assyrian camp and sent the Assyrians home in disarray.

The Lord was still caring for His people.

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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