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Sharing the Word Program for Thursday, June 28, 2012 (St. Irenaeus)
After the second deportation nothing was left of the holy city of Jerusalem.


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Today's Reading
2 Kings 24:8-17

The kings who preceded King Josiah and who succeeded him were not as devoted to God as Josiah. They were evil in the sight of the Lord.

Consequently the Babylonians came and besieged Jerusalem. When they had captured Jerusalem they carried off its treasures and most of the citizens of distinction. As part of this first deportation the Babylonians set up a puppet king, Zedekiah, who quickly revolted against the Babylonian overlords.

In retaliation the Babylonians returned and totally destroyed Jerusalem. The temple was dismantled and burned, the city walls destroyed, another wave of people taken into exile. After this second deportation, which took place in 587 B.C., nothing was left of the holy city. God would not allow Himself to be mocked any longer.

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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