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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, September 28, 2014
(Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)


Sunday Soundbites Archive

What’s your choice for a favorite Gospel parable? The Good Samaritan? The vineyard workers? The Prodigal Son? Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 

Might I suggest a possibility for a favorite Gospel parable? It comes from the Gospel of Matthew—today’s parable from Jesus about two sons: Their father asks each of them to go and work in the family vineyard. One says no, but later changes his mind and complies. The other says yes but doesn’t go out to the vineyard. Jesus’ conclusion: The first son, the one who thought better of his refusal and eventually went to work—that son truly carried out his father’s will. The point Our Lord wants to make is clear: Those who sin can change. Sinners who repent are welcome in the Kingdom. 

And that’s what makes this parable one of my favorites. I can’t begin to guess how many times I’ve said no to God—in small ways, mostly. I’ve done this through bad choices, neglecting obvious opportunities to do good. Instead, I’ve put my own ego and my own comfort ahead of God’s will.  Fortunately, God leaves the door of the Kingdom open. Lots of times--through God’s help and the challenge and patience of other Christians—I’ve been motivated to re-consider my decision. I hope that makes me like the first son—capable of changing my mind and reconsidering God’s will and God’s way. And I call that Good News!

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 Production 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 on sabbatical, Father Greg is stationed at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C.
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