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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 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...


May 14, 2024

(Acts 20:28-38;   Ps.68:29-30,33-36;   Jn.17:11-19)

 

“O Father most holy,

protect them with the name you have given me.”

 

In our gospel today Jesus prays to the Father, “who rides on the heights of the ancient heavens,” to “guard [His disciples] from the evil one.”  And the parallels continue between His...


May 12, 2024

(Acts 19:1-8;   Ps.68:2-7,33;   Jn.16:29-33)

 

“You will suffer in the world.

But take courage!  I have overcome the world.”

 

“An hour is coming – has indeed already come – when you will be scattered and each will go his way, leaving me quite alone.”  Yet the Father is always with Jesus, even as He faces...