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The BreadCast

Daily Exposition of the Readings for Catholic Mass...

as well as Prayers to the Saints on the General Roman Calendar (for the U.S.).  

From the books Our Daily Bread and Prayers to the Saints by James H. Kurt - both with imprimatur.

May 18, 2024

(Acts 2:1-11;   Ps.104:1,24,29-31,34;   Gal.5:16-25;   Jn.15:26-27,16:12-15)

“The time for Pentecost was fulfilled.”

A driving wind comes from the sky.  It fills the house.  Tongues of fire come to rest on the disciples, and they speak in tongues of every nation.  The gathered crowd of “Jews from every nation under...


May 17, 2024

O faithful Shepherd

who laid down your life

for the sake of true teaching,

who was killed by one

set against God’s Word…

though deprived of food

and so of this life,

you were given instead

the life of Heaven

and serve as a holy example

of what should be sacrificed

for love of truth and right –

pray that the flock


May 17, 2024

(Acts 28:16-20,30-31;   Ps.11:4-5,7;   Jn.21:20-25)

 

“I wear these chains solely because I share the hope of Israel.”

 

The hope of Israel indeed wears chains.  The Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior of the nation, is fixed to a cross.  This is the call of all who follow Jesus – to die.

But, Peter is...


May 16, 2024

(Acts 25:13-21;   Ps.103:1-2,11-12,19-20;   Jn.21:15-19)

 

“When you are older you will stretch out your hands,

and another will tie you fast and carry you off against your will.”

 

And so the Lord “indicate[s] the sort of death by which Peter was to glorify God.”  And by his laying down of his life, this...


May 15, 2024

(Acts 22:30,23:6-11;   Ps.16:1-2,5,7-11;   Jn.17:20-26)

 

“I set the Lord ever before me;

with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.”

 

Yes, “the Lord appeared at Paul’s side” at night, in prison, after his testimony and the near riot it caused in Jerusalem.  He comes to encourage him, to strengthen...