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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 31, 2021

(Tb.2:9-14;   Ps.112:1-2,7-9;   Mk.12:13-17)

 

“The heart of the just man is secure,

trusting in the Lord.”

 

Today in our reading and gospel we find just men put to trial and testing.  Our Lord is steadfast before the devious inquiry of the Pharisees and Herodians, answering them with a wisdom greater than...


May 29, 2021

(Dt.4:32-34,39-40;   Ps.33:4-6,9,12,18-20,22;   Rom.8:14-17;   Mt.28:16-20) 

“You must know now, and fix in your heart,

that ‘the Lord is God in the heavens above and on earth below,

and that there is no other.’”

“Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live?”...


May 28, 2021

(Sir.51:12-20;   Ps.19:8-11;   Mk.11:27-33)

 

“When I was young and innocent, I sought wisdom.

She came to me in her beauty,

and until the end I will cultivate her.”

 

Oh how Sirach speaks of his love, of the wisdom that is the light of his life!  He is “resolutely devoted to her” and does “never weary of...


May 27, 2021

(Sir.44:1,9-13;   Ps.149:1-6,9;   Mk.11:11-26)

 

“They are as though they had not lived,

they and their children after them.”

 

This line from Sirach could refer well to the Jewish nation symbolized by the fig tree “withered to its roots.”  For “never again shall anyone eat of [its] fruits”; its temple...


May 26, 2021

(Sir.42:15-25;   Ps.33:2-9;   Mk.10:46-52)

 

“As the rising sun is clear to all,

so the glory of the Lord fills all His works.”

 

“How beautiful are all His works! even to the spark and the fleeting vision!”  “Can one ever see enough of their splendor?”  Yet how blind is man to their glory!  How much we need...