Sixth Sunday of Easter

Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Many years ago I was reminiscing with a married couple who are close friends about how our relationship began. I recalled that they had invited me to dinner after Mass one Sunday at our parish. Their version: I

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Imagine yourself in the early Jerusalem Christian community, gathered for Sunday Eucharist—and in walks Saul, well-known for his persecution of the Church. What would your reaction be? Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, and this with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Saul’s friends must have had a time convincing

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

One of my seminary classmates has always reacted when the story of the Good Shepherd was read. “I don’t like being compared to sheep!” he said. “They’re dumb, and smelly, too!” Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. I grew up in the city, so my experience

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Third Sunday of Easter

Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Third Sunday of Easter. When new employees join a company, it’s common to have an orientation to bring new people “on board.” A new employee needs to understand both the past and the future history of the company. How can they

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Easter

“There is no tale ever told,” author J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote in an essay on storytelling, that people “would rather find was true.” Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for Easter Sunday. The Catholic author of theThe Lord of the Rings was speaking of the story of

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Week begins today. For me, it’s always a time filled with rich memories and dramatic stories. Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. During this week, the dramatic story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is linked with the human stories of

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. We live in a skeptical age. When something is advertised as "new" we want proof. So today's first reading is challenging: God says, "See, I’m doing something new!" If you

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. A common experience of human illness—no matter how serious—is isolation. A simple cold or the flu can cut us off from other people. A common experience of healing comes when

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

When disasters—personal or communal—occur in our world, it's likely that religious people will be asked: What does God have to do with this? Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. This 90-second soundbite can't hope to answer that question, but perhaps

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Celebrating today's feast is a little like finding a leftover Christmas present we forgot to open. This year, it's celebrated on a Sunday, so the usual "Ordinary Time" readings give way

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