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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, June 10, 2012
(Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ)


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Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

Some years ago I was privileged to attend a Passover Seder with a Jewish family. It was a truly special night, since my hosts welcomed guests who had recently come from a country behind the then-crumbling Iron Curtain. It was their first Seder as truly free people.

My Seder hosts understood a timeless truth: that they were celebrating God’s liberating deeds in the Exodus, as well as God’s continuing care down through the ages. Eating the Seder meal is a way to experience the power of that liberation, as our special guests that night knew better than any of us.

Our Scriptures today emphasize the Jewish roots of our Eucharist. We hear how Moses and the people celebrated their liberating covenant with God. Our second reading connects that covenant with Jesus, our high priest. We hear in the Gospel how he asked his disciples to prepare the Passover meal, a meal where he would give them his body and blood as food.

It's rare we Christians have the chance to welcome to the Sunday Eucharist at our parish people who have escaped tyranny and oppression, but it's our faith that each Mass allows those present to experience liberation—from selfishness, from sin, from the burdens of human existence. May we celebrate each Eucharist aware of the liberating presence of Jesus Christ.

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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