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Sunday Soundbites
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.

Program for Friday, December 31, 2010
(Mary, Mother of God)


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Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, and this is the Sunday Soundbite for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, celebrated on January first.

When I was a boy, my grandmother had a huge nativity set that came from her native Italy. I loved helping her unpack it and set it up each year at Christmas time. The hand-painted figures illustrating the Christmas story were a precious treasure that my grandmother had cherished through the years. There were the usual shepherd and wise men, of course. But there were also figures of people cooking food, playing musical instruments and so on. I remember that each figure was sculpted in such a way that the character might have been gazing lovingly on the Christ-child—even though there were too many figures to fit them all around the manger!

In today's Gospel, we revisit the familiar scene of Christ's birth, and watch the shepherds coming to find Mary, Joseph and the Infant. Saint Luke, who gives us this infancy story, tells us that Mary "cherished all these things in her heart." For the Gospel writer, Mary symbolizes the model disciple: Throughout her life she listened attentively to God's Word. She cherished it and reflected on its meaning. Her prominent place in the Gospel story leads us to believe that the Church, from its earliest days, recognized how Mary, having given her consent to bear the Word Made Flesh, continued to glorify God in all she did.

Let's imitate Mary, responding to God's love born in us, with all the love and care of a mother who treasures and savors each moment of her child's life, for as long as she lives.

I’m Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite, wishing you a happy and holy New Year, from St. Anthony Messenger Press, on the web at FranciscanRadio.org.

Meet Father Greg Friedman
Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M., is creative director with the Media Production Team at Franciscan Media. He also hosts American Catholic Radio each week, and produces videos for www.AmericanCatholic.org, including the "Two-Minute Take." Father Greg wrote and directed Assisi Pilgrimage: Walking in Faith with Francis and Clare, which appeared on ABC-TV stations nationwide. He also produced the popular faith-formation series Catholic Update Video, used in parishes around the U.S. He currently serves as pastor of St. Francis Seraph Parish, located in the inner-city neighborhood of "Over-the-Rhine" in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can contact him at letters@franciscanradio.org.
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