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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 Sunday, April 01, 2012
(Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord)





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Holy Week begins today. For me, it’s always a time filled with rich memories and dramatic stories. Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.

During this week, the dramatic story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is linked with the human stories of those preparing for Baptism in our parishes.

At today’s liturgy we’ll listen to the proclamation of the passion and death of Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. Mark gives us a portrait of one who is truly a “Suffering Servant,” first described in the Hebrew Scriptures by Isaiah—whose Servant poems we hear throughout the week, beginning today. In Mark’s Gospel, the Lord spends himself in service to others. The cross he embraces is a powerful sign of his self-giving.

But the story is not only the story of Jesus, as Scripture scholar Eugene LaVerdiere reminds us. It’s also a story about the testing of Jesus’ disciples. Earlier in the Gospel, Jesus asked two of them if they could drink from the cup he would drink, and endure the baptism he would receive. In the Passion account, Judas, Peter and finally the rest of the Twelve, fail the test and abandon Jesus.

The Lent just past has invited us to renew our baptismal commitment. The liturgy a week from today will celebrate our rebirth to new life through the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. Let us resolve to enter the story with him today. How will we meet the test?

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, 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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