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.

(Ws.7:22-8:1;   Ps.119:89-91,130,135,175;   Lk.17:20-25)

“Let your countenance shine upon your servant,

and teach me your statutes.”

Wisdom, who “is fairer than the sun and surpasses every constellation of the stars… reaches from end to end mightily and governs all things well.”  Wisdom “penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity,” for she is “the refulgence of eternal light.”  How like the Lord she is, He whose coming “day will be like the lightning that flashes from one end of the sky to the other” and yet whose reign is “already in [our] midst.”  How we are filled with understanding when this light which “endures forever,” which “is firm as the heavens,” shines upon our simple minds, leading us to the grace of eternal glory.

Wisdom we need, brothers and sisters.  The Lord’s Word must be with us.  “For there is naught God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.”  Else we shall be as those who “go running about excitedly” at every report of the Lord’s being “here” or “there,” at every proclamation of the end being near.  The end is here; it is now the Son of Man “must suffer much and be rejected by the present age.”  The Lord has come, and so “the reign of God is already in [our] midst.”  Its fulfillment we shall not discern by “careful watching,” by setting our sights on the things of the earth, but only with the “intelligent, pure, and very subtle” spirit of Wisdom.  She alone teaches us of the kingdom, for she alone is “the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of His goodness.”  Without her purity, our minds are dimmed.  Without her surpassing light, we cannot but be blind.  She alone knows, she alone leads holy souls into the truth of His presence.  All words lacking her light are but vain speculation, which shall come to naught, which shall fall to the earth from which they are derived.  Heaven alone is lasting.

Have we the light of Wisdom directing our thoughts and actions, brothers and sisters?  Is her purity set firmly within us?  Will we then stand on the day the lightning flashes, on the day the glory of the Lord is revealed?  Do we carry that glory now within us?  If not, let us turn to Wisdom, and she will teach us.  Like a mother who cares for her children she will be.  And led to the presence of the Lord we will be, where we will find our peace.  Let us not fail to take her gentle yoke upon our shoulders; let the cross of Christ and the light of the coming kingdom be ever our guide.

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O LORD, your Son is in our midst

most especially in His Cross,

and it is through His Cross

Wisdom shines most brightly.

YHWH, let the Spirit of Wisdom fill us, your Holy Spirit pass into us and make us as your prophets.  Let us speak only your Word in all we do, moving ever with the One who is beyond all motion – intelligent, holy, and pure let us be.  Without the light of Wisdom our lives shall be as nothing in your sight; let your countenance shine upon us.

Your reign is coming by the power of the Holy Spirit; it is now already in our midst.  Not relegated to space or time, it is not readily perceived by the mind of man – he cannot put his finger upon it or control it in any way.  All we can do is desire your presence with us, LORD, that when the lightning flashes in your eternal sky, we will stand firm with you who endure forever, and with your Son.

Give us your light, dear God, that we might be established well in your glorious kingdom.

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