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Sunday Soundbites
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, June 15, 2014
(Most Holy Trinity)


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Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite for Trinity Sunday.

As a friar, it sometimes happens that when I’ve planned a trip by car that another member of my community asks to ride along. I confess it makes me stop and think: Do I want to spend hours in the car with that person? Traveling with another person means forming a relationship or building on one.

In today’s first reading, Moses asks God to “come along in our company,” to travel with the Israelites to the Promised Land. Moses admits they are “stiff-necked”—perhaps not the best traveling companions.

But in reality, it’s God who’s invited Israel on this trip. And God will supply what’s needed to get them to their destination. Their relationship with God will be life-giving.

Today on Trinity Sunday, we celebrate a divine relationship—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three divine persons, one God. Understanding how that relationship works may be more than we can comprehend. But understanding what that relationship means is essential.

Through the Trinity we have strength to live in relationship to one another. As today’s second reading says: We’re to encourage one another and live in peace—and the God of love and peace will, in effect, “come along in our company.” Such a relationship is God’s plan for us.

The Gospel tells us that in what is perhaps the New Testament’s most famous quote, John 3:16—"God so loved the world that he gave his only Son..."

I’m Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite 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 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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