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 lover of the least,

the most wretched of society,

whom you embraced

when no one else would;

how like St. Francis you were

in your care for the lepers,

in your living the Gospel

as an image of Christ:

He was hungry and you fed Him,

thirsty and you gave Him drink,

naked and you clothed Him

and cared for Him when He was sick –

pray our hearts will burn

with the same sacrificial love

you bore so well

for those most abandoned,

that truly we shall see Christ in them

and welcome Him

into our homes…

may their suffering be our own.

How else shall we become holy?

How else shall we be welcomed

into the kingdom with you?

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O martyr of the Lord extraordinaire

who suffered unspeakable torture

but was not bowed

by such savagery,

who spoke of great faith,

singing of God’s glory

even as your limbs

were crushed,

even as all the brutality

the world could inflict

sought to break

your spirit –

help us to conquer the world

as you have done,

as the Lord has done in you,

not to be afraid

but rather to serve

our Savior and His Cross

in joy

as His blessed disciples;

pray we, too, shall enter the heavenly gates

open to those in whom the Spirit speaks

even unto death.

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(Heb.9:2-3,11-14;   Ps.47:2-3,6-9;   Mk.3:20-21)

 

“Behind the second veil was the tabernacle call the holy of holies.”

 

To this holy of holies in the temple of Jerusalem only the high priest could come, and only once a year.  So holy was it deemed.  This tabernacle contained the ark of the Lord with the two tablets upon which the commandments of God were written, and some manna from the Israelites’ travels through the desert.  This was truly sacred ground for God’s chosen people, a place they held in awe.

In our gospel the people press upon Jesus; they gather in great numbers at the door of the house where He is staying, sensing that this place is a holy of holies, that there is something inside that makes it sacred.  But from this holy tabernacle they are not excluded for its sanctity, but welcomed by Him who is inside, who makes it holy.  So much does He welcome those who come to His door that He does not take time even to eat.  Better He should feed those who come to Him with His sacred presence than that He should feed Himself, for He will not see any turned away.

My brothers and sisters, Jesus has “entered once for all into the sanctuary, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation,” and He Himself has become the “holy of holies”: He Himself is the sacred sanctuary in which God reposes.  And He is with us.  To this day He is in our presence.  Do you not know that He rests in every tabernacle of every one of our churches on this earth?  Do you realize the holy of holies that is in our midst?  And when He is exposed upon our altar for all to adore, do you realize that here “God sits upon His holy throne”?  And do you come to Him?  More than a mere image or reflection of the glory of heaven, truly that transcendent glory is present in this bread the angels consume, and which is offered us here.

And so, should we not “shout to God with cries of gladness” or prostrate ourselves in absolute reverence at this the presence of “the Lord, the Most High, the awesome… the great King over all the earth” here in our midst?  Should we not receive Him worthily, realizing that here is the holiest of holies whom we cannot reverence too greatly, whom we cannot worship enough?  “God mounts His throne amid shouts of joy; the Lord, amid trumpet blasts,” and we should join in this celebration and “sing praise to our King” before the throne upon which He sits, before the Tabernacle in which He rests. 

Come to Him in sacred wonder.  In this Sacrament He waits.  May “the blood of Christ… cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God!”

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O LORD, your Son has ascended into your presence  

carrying our sins and washing us clean in His own blood –  

how incomprehensible is your great love for us! 

YHWH, let us worship you, O living God, through Jesus your Son, who has entered into your sanctuary carrying all our sins that we might be cleansed of them and offer you holy praise.  He is your Tabernacle in our midst.  Let us come to Him and there find our healing, and there find our salvation. 

O LORD, your Son cares only for our salvation, not for feeding Himself.  His very body He would make our food and so He offers all His life, every hour of His day, for our salvation.  Never would He turn away from us or keep us waiting for your grace.  Let us not fail to come to Him to find the blessing He imparts. 

The blood of the Christ cleanses our consciences and provides for our eternal redemption.  It carries us to the Holy of Holies where you dwell, O Most High God.  In awe let us sing your praise with Him who mounts His throne this day.  Reign over us with your love; through the blood of your only Son may we stand unblemished in your presence. 

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