Apr. 27, 2011
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"Who are you, Lord my God, and who am I?"

One of the stories about St. Francis of Assisi relates how a brother watched the saint in prayer, and heard him pray the words, "Who are you, Lord my God, and who am I?" These two questions are fundamental to the Christian life. The Easter season celebrates the new identity of thousands of newly baptized people around the world. They are just beginning to appreciate “who they are” in the light of the Gospel they have embraced. Thus, our Mass readings for the Easter season put us squarely in the middle of both of those questions: "Who are you, Lord my God, and who am I?"

For example, on Pentecost Sunday the Acts of the Apostles tells us that Peter boldly proclaimed to the crowds of the Jews in Jerusalem the reality of who Jesus of Nazareth is. In that proclamation, Peter himself is transformed: He is now a witness to Christ—and Peter says as much at the end of the passage.

We also read from the First Letter of Peter—possibly an early Baptism homily—which addresses the question, "Who is Jesus?" But in doing so, the author answers the other question as well, when he says that Jesus is now “revealed in the final time for you.” The newly baptized are bearers of Christ to the world.

Each of the resurrection stories is a challenge to the faith of the Church, and our personal faith, in the belief that Jesus is risen. For example, in the Emmaus story, two followers of Jesus come to recognize him in the breaking of the bread. That story, from Luke’s Gospel, captures, the experience of every Christian, down through the ages. It is also the pattern of our Eucharist.

We encounter Christ at Mass as he “opens the Scriptures for us and breaks the bread.” Then, at every Mass, we ourselves are transformed into the Body of Christ. We go out—as Peter and his companions did—to witness to Christ. In the Risen Jesus, we come to know who we are, and what our mission is! Happy Easter!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-19 , #11-20)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick speaks with Father Charlie Hughes, a Glenmary missioner. During many of his 60 years as a priest, Father Charlie labored with a hearing impairment that left him virtually deaf.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner responds to three scriptural questions: 1) What is the "great tribulation" that Jesus refers to in the Gospels?; 2) Since God knows what will happen, why does he allow us to go through with it anyway? and 3) Is the 144,000 mentioned in the Book of Revelation the total number of those who will be saved?

Marriage Moment
Susan Hines-Brigger, assistant managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger offers her commentary, "Marriage is not all cupcakes and rainbows."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister interviews Franciscan Father Tom Richstatter, professor of liturgy and sacramental theology at Saint Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. They discuss the meaning of mystagogia during the Easter season, for both the newly initiated and for the rest of the Church.

Minute Meditations
Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg reads from "The Way," chapter 14 of Caryll Houselander's The Reed of God, published in audiobook form by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick interviews Marianist Brother Bob Donovan, M.D. Brother Bob is a family physician and the medical director of the Center for Respite Care and the Cincinnati Health Care for the Homeless Program. He serves God both through religious life and with his medical expertise.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Greg Friedman responds to listener feedback received through email and at iTunes.

Marriage Moment
Susan Hines-Brigger, assistant managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger, offers her commentary, "Marriage in the Middle."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Mary Cummins Wlodarski, the Christian formation minister for Holy Trinity Parish in Dayton, Ohio. A former director of religious education, she has co-written with Judith Dunlap the family-based catechetical series God is Calling, in addition to articles in St. Anthony Messenger and Catechist magazines. Mary speaks about the new connections we make as Catholics during this Easter season.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from 150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know, by Patrick Madrid, a Servant Book published by St. Anthony Messenger Press
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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