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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, October 4, 2015
(Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)


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

Many years ago I had the privilege of working with a number of married couples, presenting weekends for engaged couples. Our programs always included lots of personal storytelling, and I got to hear the wonderful stories of how these dedicated married couples found God through their partner in the day-to-day project of making marriage work.

This Sunday we center on the theme of marriage. Jesus connects a call for fidelity in marriage to our first reading from the Book of Genesis, which describes the creation of man and woman. That connection seems to say that faithfulness in marriage--working hard to make it work--is rooted in our very humanness, in how we are created by God.

Now, there are lots of self-help books and plenty of jokes stressing the differences between men and women. But out of those differences, expressed in many cultures around the world, comes the stuff of which good marriages are made. The stories I heard on those engaged couples' weekends bore witness to that creative work.

In the Gospel of Mark Jesus is busy proclaiming the Kingdom. He wants marriage, the relationship of man and woman, to be part of that proclamation. It is in that most human of institutions, in the nitty-gritty of daily life, that God is at work. Let's celebrate that this weekend.

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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