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

Program for Sunday, March 11, 2012
(Third Sunday in Lent)





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Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Third Sunday of Lent. In the Louvre Museum in Paris visitors can see a carved stone pillar known as the “Code of Hammurabi.” This eight-foot stone monument depicts an ancient Babylonian ruler and the body of law which governed life under his rule—justice, family life, commerce and so on.

Hammurabi’s laws represented his expectations for his people. In today’s first reading we hear the Ten Commandments— what one Scripture scholar calls the “Bill of God’s Rights in the covenant.”  They spell out the responsibilities of God’s people, their part of the covenant agreement. God promises to lead them safely to a land of promise, and there give them life. In return, the people are to respect God and each other.

The Ten Commandments are still practical guides for Christian living today. Sadly, they’ve also become the objects of political controversy, as communities debate about their public display. In the Gospels, Jesus urges us to live out the commandments—not just put on an exterior display.

The gap between inner conviction and external action saddened and angered Jesus. In today’s Gospel he offers his own “covenant renewal” as he cleanses the temple. As we renew our baptismal commitment this Lent, let’s seek to enshrine God’s commandments in our hearts with a resolve to love and to serve.

I’m Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite for St. Anthony Messenger Press, on the web at FranciscanRadio.org.

Meet Father Greg Friedman
Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Franciscan Father Greg Friedman is the former creative director of the Media Productions Team at Franciscan Media, and former host of American Catholic Radio. During his years at St. Anthony Messenger Press/Franciscan Media, Father Greg wrote and directed Assisi Pilgrimage: Walking in Faith with Francis and Clare, which appeared on ABC-TV stations nationwide, and received a 2008 Telly Award for Excellence. He also produced the popular faith-formation series Catholic Update Video, used in parishes around the U.S. For four years he served as pastor of St. Francis Seraph Parish, located in the inner-city neighborhood of "Over-the-Rhine" in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, Father Greg is stationed at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C.
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