The BreadCast
Daily Exposition of the Readings of Catholic Mass, from the book 'Our Daily Bread' by James H. Kurt (now with Chanted Verses, and added text of Prayer for the Day). Additional cast - SaintsCast, entries from the book 'Prayers to the Saints' (also by James Kurt). Both books bear imprimatur.

O you who were king and emperor

yet set your sights

on the reign of Heaven

and the reform and upbuilding

of the Church on earth,

who dedicated yourself

to the Lord of all

and service of His apostles –

pray our cares and responsibilities

will not distract us

from remembrance

of our God and His mercy

but that we shall indeed

dedicate these

and all our lives

into the hands of our Savior,

that He might dispose of them and us

as He sees fit.

Pray our kingdom not be of this earth

but of Heaven

and that we shall make our home

at the foot of the throne

of the Almighty.

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(Gn.49:29-32,50:15-24;   Ps.105:1-4,6-7,33;   Mt.10:24-33)

 

“Whoever acknowledges me before men

I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

 

Joseph does well in acknowledging God before his brothers, as, refusing to take revenge on them, he states of his suffering that “God meant it for good.”  He thus proves himself a servant of the Lord; realizing that “no pupil outranks his teacher, no slave his master,” he asks, “Can I take the place of God?” and so simultaneously accepts the scourgings that come with being a servant of his “father’s God.”  Indeed, further applying the Lord’s words to the apostles in our gospel to Joseph, we know that it has been his proclaiming before the world, before Pharaoh himself, the dreams the Lord has spoken to him in the secret of his room that has brought Joseph to this position of eminence wherein he can so dutifully and kindly provide for “the survival of many people.”  And so, as he prepares to die, as this sparrow falls – even as his father before him “drew his feet into the bed, breathed his last, and was taken to his kindred” – it is with confidence the Lord will acknowledge him before the Father of all that his life ends, as well as with the faith that his children shall be blessed and come into the land promised them by Him who holds both body and soul in His all-powerful hands.

And what of our own witness?  Have we the forgiveness of Joseph, which is the forgiveness of God?  Do we “seek to serve Him constantly” and “proclaim all His wondrous deeds,” as our psalmist encourages us today?  Are we true pupils of this great teacher, faithful to our call to live and to die in His light?  Or are we afraid for the body and judging by the dictates of this earthly life?

These are questions we must ask ourselves each day, for each day and at every moment our souls are required of us, lest we die for want of the Bread which comes to us by His holy hands.  The Lord holds our life’s breath in His hand and “every hair of [our] head has been counted” by Him, so indeed we should fear Him.  But that fear is born and finds recompense in love; the fear that comes from the world and its power brings only death to our bodies and souls.  Let us simply recognize the truth of His presence and His power to all we meet, to all for whom we are responsible, and our salvation and the blessing of our progeny will be assured.  And so with confidence, with faith of the Holy Spirit, we shall die and come to life, this day, and in eternity.

 

Lord, make us true servants of your love;

and gather us into the bosom of Abraham

and into your sacred heart.

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O LORD, let us become like our Teacher

and die on the Cross;

may we make His presence known

by laying down our lives.

YHWH, let us seek to serve you constantly, that we may be your chosen ones.  Let us proclaim your NAME from the rooftops; then we shall live in your light and be blessed – then we shall die in your arms and be gathered into Heaven.

Why should we fear for the life of the body when you are ready to hear our prayers, our pleading for mercy.  You watch over our every step for your heart is set upon us to save us from every evil, to keep us from the persecution of a sinful world.  And we shall take rest in your presence, LORD, when our days are over.

Let us be as your Son, our Teacher.  Let us follow His instructions and walk ever in His way.  Then indeed we shall be blessed and have nothing to do but praise your NAME.  Then indeed all our sins will be gone, and we shall enter the land you promise.

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