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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, July 22, 2012
(16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)


Sunday Soundbites Archive
Jer 23:1-6
Ps 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Eph 2:13-18
Mk 6:30-34

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Adventure writer Jon Krakauer wrote Into Thin Air, a first-person account of the 1996 disaster on Mt. Everest, when eight people lost their lives in one day. Fierce storms, exhaustion and human limitations in Everest’s unforgiving environment led to the tragedy. In his gripping account, Krakauer describes how the crucial relationship between guide and client might mean the difference between life and death.

Even when not life-threatening, a mountain climb challenges a person emotionally, spiritually, as well as physically.

Today’s Gospel invites us into another challenging environment, a desert wilderness, with Jesus as our shepherd and guide. We’re invited, along with his disciples, to "come and rest."

Summer is a time when we seek out places of rest and leisure with our families, to "recharge" and get new energy for our lives.

Liturgically, we’ll do something similar, starting next week. We'll read from the Gospel of John for five weeks, from the section known as the "Bread of Life Discourse." It shows Jesus as both our shepherd-guide, and our source of nourishment. Our Scriptures will help us understand better how he does this in the Eucharist. Along with leisurely reflection, we'll also be challenged: Can we take the responsibility ourselves, to feed Christ's people?

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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