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 guardian angel of poor children

who formed them in the image of Christ,

an education of body and soul

you provided those most in need,

those most impressionable

and thirsting for the Lord’s care,

and led so many others

in this work for the least of our brothers –

pray we shall become fellow workers

with Jesus in the cause of truth

and teach with deep love,

the greatest patience,

and profound humility,

the souls He places in our hands.

May the desire to see all

attain eternal life

be that which most impels us

and especially those whose responsibility

is the formation of Christian youth,

that all men might rejoice at the straight paths

these walk to the kingdom.

Your zeal despite persecution

may we maintain in our call from the Lord.

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O loyal subject of the Lord

and of His Church on earth,

though a king

you did not exalt yourself

but listened rather

to the words of your Savior

and chose to serve Him,

doing His work in this world:

the poor you cared for,

your children you raised

in the teaching of Christ,

and for all those in your reign

you sought true justice

and maintained concern

for their spiritual welfare –

pray we poor souls

will emulate your desire

for penance and prayer,

and your faithful obedience

to God and MotherChurch.

May we be blessed as your sons

to have your wisdom in our ears,

a wisdom reflective of Jesus’ own.

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(2Thes.2:1-3,14-17;   Ps.96:10-13;   Mt.23:23-26)

“He shall rule the world with justice

and the peoples with His constancy.”

“Brothers, stand firm.”  Be not “easily agitated or terrified” “on the question of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him.”  This should not preoccupy your thoughts because this is not in your mind to know or your hands to control.  The day and the hour are with God alone.  Rather, you should pray that the Lord will strengthen your hearts “for every good work and word.”  This is what is in your power, and effectively accomplishing the Lord’s will thus, all fear will be removed from your souls.

Brothers and sisters, be not like the scribes and Pharisees, the “blind guides” who “strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!”  Distracted by the details, they inevitably neglect “the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and good faith” – those for which the Lord calls us above all to be concerned.  And so their vision and their actions are not whole, and they are not holy.  Failing to see as God sees and to do as God does, they indeed become blind guides frittering the life of the Lord away in anxiety for external matters.  Let this not be the fate of your soul.

Children, know of a certain that “our Lord Jesus Christ Himself… loved us and in His mercy gave us eternal consolation and hope.”  We must make this hope our own.  For “the Lord is King.  He has made the world firm, not to be moved,” and we must be as immovable as He in our faith and in our work.  We should not doubt that “He governs the peoples with equity,” that in fairness all are looked upon in His sight, and so, that if we strive to do His will with all our hearts He will indeed bless us.

Friends, we should know that, though not complete, though He does not stand before us in final judgment yet, still it is so that “the day of the Lord is here,” in our midst today.  His rule has always been and has come to us in this place.  And what we do now leads only to that day – the kingdom should be growing within us at all times.  If we know not His justice and His constancy at work in our days, then indeed we have reason to fear and should heed the Lord’s rebuke.  But if we strive with Him for holiness, any fear itself will be holy and lead us only to the joy that makes “the heavens… glad and the earth rejoice.”  For each day we rejoice with them in the presence of our God.

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O LORD, make us constant as you

in doing good works,

in dispensing justice and mercy according to your Word

      and have mercy upon our own souls.

YHWH, it is you who judge the earth, who come to rule all the world; your justice you bring to every man’s soul, preparing him for your Day.  And there is no need for us to fear if we are striving to do your will.  Rather, we should rejoice at your glorious coming!

O LORD, let us set our souls each day on your Word and your work, and your love and mercy shall meet us where we are and bring us soon to where you live.  Even should we have to endure chastisement as the Pharisees, what should this bring us but a holy joy?  For by such words of truth you make us in your image, if we but listen and respond in kind.

All the world shall rejoice at your coming, dear God; let us not be blind to such wonder and glory but set our hearts on that Day, cleansing our souls of every stain of sin by your grace and mercy, by your surpassing justice.  Let no woe be on us in your Day but only your consolation, only the joy of your salvation, which you offer forth even this day.

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