The BreadCast: Episodes

(Is.26:7-9,12,16-19;   Ps.102:13-21;   Mt.11:28-30)
“The Lord looked down from His holy height,
from heaven He beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.”
Yes, “we cried out in anguish under [His] chastising.  As ...
O Mother of contemplation
who heard the Word of God
and kept it,
pondering its wonder
in your heart,
you who were so faithful
to His call
and remain ever in His presence –
how shall we know our Lord
if you do not pray for us,
if you do not intercede
for souls so blinded
by the distractions
and ...
(Is.10:5-7,13-16;   Ps.94:5-10,14-15;   Mt.11:25-27) 
“Shall He who instructs nations not chastise,
He who teaches men knowledge?”
Again we learn the basic teaching of the Lord: The exalted are humbled and the humbled exalted.  In our first reading “the ...
O good doctor
who taught the way to God
by death to things outside the Cross,
by resting with Christ
in the tomb
that we might pass
from this world to the Father –
pray our passions
indeed be silenced
that the fire of God
will carry our soul
to Him who is beyond
the operations of our mind;
pray ...
(Is.7:1-9;   Ps.48:2-9;   Mt.11:20-24)
“Unless your faith is firm
you shall not be firm!”
“Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail.”  For “great is the Lord and wholly to be praised in the city of our God” and ...
(Is.1:10-17;   Ps.50:8-9,16-17,21,23;   Mt.10:34-11:1)
“Your hands are full of blood!
Wash yourselves clean!”
Elsewhere in Scripture we read, “The Lord chastises those whom He loves” (Heb.12:6), and this truth is made evident in our readings today.  The ...
O you who were king and emperor
yet set your sights
on the reign of Heaven
and the reform and upbuilding
of the Church on earth,
who dedicated yourself
to the Lord of all
and service of His apostles –
pray our cares and responsibilities
will not distract us
from remembrance
of our God and His mercy
but ...
 (Is.55:10-11;   Ps.65:10-14,Lk.8:8;   Rom.8:18-23;   Mt.13:1-23)
“The seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit.”
Comes the Word of God.  To our eyes, to our ears.  A seed sown ...
(Is.6:1-8;   Ps.93:1-2,5;   Mt.10:24-33) 
“‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts,’
they cried one to the other.
‘All the earth is filled with His glory.’”
Hear the angels’ song.  It is their praise, which fills the heavens like ...
O monastic father
who led the way into the desert
where the Lord speaks to men’s hearts,
where He calls souls to perfect worship,
putting Christ before all else
and treating others as He Himself…
O you who prayed most perfectly,
you who knew God so intimately –
pray that our distracted ...
(Hos.14:2-10;   Ps.51:3-4,8-9,12-14,17;   Mt.10:16-23) 
“O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.”
Hosea instructs the Israelites, “Take with you words, and return to the Lord,” and this David does in his psalm of sorrow.  In ...
(Hos.11:1,3-4,8-9;   Ps.80:2-4,15-16;   Mt.10:7-15) 
“I am God and not man,
the Holy One present among you.”
And He comes to us as do the disciples today, blessing each home as He enters.  And “if the home is deserving, [His] blessing will descend upon ...
O righteous band of martyrs
united by faith in Christ and His Church
in a nation of religious oppression:
children and grandparents,
workers and teachers,
lay and ordained,
native and foreign-born…
all as one you gave your lives,
led by your convictions –
pray the Word of the Lord
come to ...
(Hos.10:1-3,7-8,12;   Ps.105:2-7;   Mt.10:1-7) 
“Jesus sent these men on mission as the Twelve.”
And in these men the Lord founds His Church, choosing “first Simon, now known as Peter,” as the Rock upon whom the Building rests, and in like fashion all ...
(Hos.8:4-7,11-13;   Ps.115:3-10;   Mt.9:32-38)
“Our God is in heaven; whatever He wills, He does.
Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men.”
In Israel, the people have turned from worship of the living God and “with their silver and gold they made idols ...
(Hos.2:16-18,21-22;   Ps.145:2-9;   Mt.9:18-26)
“When the crowd had been put out
He entered and took her by the hand,
and the little girl got up.”
How like Hosea’s prophecy today is the Lord’s raising of Jairus’ daughter in our gospel.  For the Lord ...
O perpetual virgin
who defended your purity
even with your life
and so earned the crown
of martyrdom
at a tender age…
O bride of Christ
who prayed even for your murderer
and so served to inspire
his conversion –
pray for us, too, dear child;
pray the lust and violence
so prevalent in this ...
 (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 ...
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 ...
(Amos 9:11-15;   Ps.85:9,11-14;   Mt.9:14-17)
“I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel.”
Of the city of David, the Lord promises, “I will wall up its breaches, raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old.”  Beautiful imagery ...
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