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 child of the Apostle Paul,

follower in his steps,

preacher of the Word

he proclaimed so completely

with his very life,

you who desired so

to bear the fruit of love in patience,

to share in the hardships of the apostles

as well as in their glory,

and led your fellow ordained

zealously to desire the same –

pray there shall be reform

in this day among our priests

and among the people of God,

that all will so zealously follow

the teaching and way of the Apostle,

which is, of course, the way of Christ:

to die, to lay down our lives,

to suffer indignation

and pray for our enemies,

all the while calling souls

to the Lord’s undying love,

to His saving blood.

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Category:Saints -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

O reconciler of warring sons,

tranquility in the midst

of great disturbance,

though born of royal blood

and married to a king,

the Lord you preferred

to all the riches of this world,

and so His peace

became your own –

pray we, too, may keep our hearts

set upon that which passes not away

and the peace which passes understanding;

pray our prayers be deep as your own

and reflect the same tranquility,

that those in our own families

and those under our care,

all those whom we meet

and to whom we relate,

may find the Lord’s peace

dwelling in us

with His divine charity

and so be reconciled to Him

and to one another.

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Category:Saints -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

 (Zec.9:9-10;   Ps.145:1-2,8-11,13-14;   Rom.8:9,11-13;   Mt.11:25-30)

 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

and I will give you rest.”

 

A remarkable confluence of Scripture today, extolling the “great kindness” of our King, who comes to us “meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass,” and inviting us to take refuge in Him and in His blessed humility.

Yes, upon a beast of burden, upon the young offspring of a beast of burden comes He who bears the burden of all our sins.  Not on horse or in chariot does He come, for horse and chariot He casts into the sea: by Him “the warrior’s bow shall be banished, and He shall proclaim peace to the nations.”  It is not the rich and powerful of this world He dies for, it is not their stead in which He stands, for the Lord has “hidden these things from the wise and the learned” of this world and “revealed them to little ones.”  This we see in the “little one” His Son has become.  This we find when we imitate His sacrifice.

David’s psalm echoes the Lord’s own words – “The Lord lifts up all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down” – and Paul says the same when he declares, “The one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through His Spirit that dwells in you.”  For what is it to “put to death the deeds of the body,” that by the Spirit we may live, but to humble ourselves in the sight of God, to bow down before God and men and bear His light burden?  For though we be crushed by the weight of labor and persecution in Jesus’ name, yet we live eternally in “His dominion [which] shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.”

The Lord Jesus states clearly, “I am meek and humble of heart,” and like Him, and like His Father, we are called to be.  And for the grace of Him who is “compassionate toward all His works” we should “rejoice heartily” with our Savior, who exclaims today, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth”; for all His works “give [Him] thanks” and “[His] faithful ones bless [Him]” for His faithfulness.  “A just savior is He,” and “the glory of [His] kingdom” and His “might” are known in His mercy, are felt in the comforting hand He stretches forth to lift up the humblest of our kind.  “Praise [His] name forever and ever.”

Written, read & chanted, and produced by James Kurt.

Music: "Dust" from The Whole Whale, eighth album of Songs for Children of Light, by James Kurt.

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O LORD, blessed are you,

for your Son comes to us in humility

that we might come to you in glory.

YHWH, you speak of peace to your people, the peace that comes from your Son’s humble sacrifice.  May we give praise to you, Father, that He has revealed to humble hearts your blessed way.

O LORD, help us put to death the deeds of the body, that we shall live in the flesh no more.  Let your Spirit overtake our souls, that we might rise with your Son from this fallen earth.  We bow down before you, our LORD and our God; raise our heads to praise your NAME forever.

Your burden place upon our shoulders, dearest LORD. Your Son’s Cross is indeed light for us to bear.  For it is He who carries the Cross; it is He who bears the weight of our sin.  It is He who takes from us the burden of the flesh and fills us with the Spirit of light and truth.  O let us take His Cross upon ourselves and rest in the glory we thus find!

Make us your little ones, LORD, humble as the only Son.

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Category:Sunday -- posted at: 12:00am EDT