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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, July 5, 2015
(Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)





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Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Today’s second reading is perhaps some of the most personal testimony in all of the Christian Scriptures. St. Paul tells us how he had a “thorn in the flesh,” something—and we don’t know exactly what this was—which reminded Paul constantly of his need for God. Was it a physical ailment, an emotional difficulty, some sin or failing? Whatever it was, Paul didn’t like it! He prayed that it might leave him.

God’s answer to that prayer? Simply that God’s grace would be enough to see Paul through. Paul learned from this personal experience how to accept this weakness, how to allow it to be a moment where the power of God would instead take over.

I don’t know about you, but I find this reading very comforting. I’m no saint, that’s for sure. But if a real saint like Paul, can “boast of his weakness,” and can openly admit to it, and to how he begged God to take it away, then I find in Paul’s story a way to deal with my own sinfulness, my own weakness.

I like the way Paul’s experience gave him a way to look at all the things that happened to him—“weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints,” he says. So maybe there’s hope for the rest of us as well, to discover a similar insight with God’s help.

I’m Fr. 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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