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The BreadCast: Episodes

(Jer.15:10,16-21;   Ps.59:2-4,10-11,17-18;   Mt.13:44-46)
“If you repent, so that I restore you,
in my presence you shall stand.”
The Lord called Jeremiah even from before he was formed in his mother’s womb, but it seems he falls short of fulfilling that call, for ...
O servant of the Lord
who welcomed Him
into your home,
fulfilling all the duties
of hospitality,
and yet realized
as He taught
that it is He
who serves us poor creatures,
who is the resurrection and the life…
in whose House we make our home –
pray that even as we fulfill the duties
of our ...
(Jer.14:17-22;   Ps.79:8-9,11,13;   Mt.13:36-43)
“Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.”
If the prophet’s “eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, over the great ...
(Jer.13:1-11;   Dt.32:18-21;   Mt.13:31-35)
“You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you.
You forgot the God who gave you birth.”
So Moses says of the people he led through the desert.  So Jeremiah is told of the Lord’s chosen at the time of the Babylonian ...
 (1Kgs.3:5,7-12;   Ps.119:57,72,76-77,97,127-130;   Rm.8:28-30;   Mt.13:44-52)
 
“The revelation of your words sheds light,
giving understanding to the simple.”
 
Wisdom.  The “pearl of great price.”  How precious the ability ...
O parents of the Virgin Mary,
grandparents of the Lord our God,
you who gave birth
to our Blessed Mother,
through whom we are blessed
for all ages…
O you through whom the promise to David
came to be fulfilled,
you whose virtues
found favor with the Lord,
you whom He chose
to bring forth His Mother
and ...
(Jer.7:1-11;   Ps.84:2-6,8,11;   Mt.13:24-30) 
“Reform your ways and your deeds,
so that I may remain with you in this place.”
We hear again today of the failure of “the temple of the Lord” and its sacrifices to bring the Israelites to the eternal presence ...
O martyred apostle,
first to endure the death of Christ,
you have indeed drunk of His cup,
fully accepting the sacrifice
to which all are called,
and so blazed the path of service
for others to follow –
pray all God’s children,
all those blessed to be called as sons,
as brothers of the Lord,
will ...
(2Cor.4:7-15;   Ps.126:1-6;   Mt.20:20-28)
 
 “Continually we carry about in our bodies the dying of Jesus,
   so that in our bodies the life of Jesus may also be revealed.”
 
In His apostles the death and resurrection of Jesus are most clearly ...
O solitary prayer,
alone with the Lord
in the Blessed Sacrament
you offered your life
for the salvation of souls;
in penance you lived,
and so a light shone
even from your tomb
to show the presence of Christ
and His miraculous powers
at work in the world –
pray all souls
seek perfection in prayer,
the ...
(Jer.2:1-3,7-8,12-13;   Ps.36:6-11;   Mt.13:10-17)
“They look but do not see,
they listen but do not hear or understand.”
Oh how “sacred to the Lord was Israel, the first fruits of His harvest.”  And oh how they loved the Lord “as a bride,” ...
O seer of the Passion
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
of the scourges and the nails,
of the blows and mockery
He endured,
of the blood which covered
His face and all His skin…
O you who have witnessed
all His suffering
and sought so diligently
to share in it with Him –
pray that we who are so ...
(Jer.1:1,4-10;   Ps.71:1-6,15,17;   Mt.13:1-9)
“O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.”
So does the seed grow, and bear fruit in the sight of the Lord.
Our psalmist declares, “On you I depend from birth; from ...
O woman of great love
whose heart burned
with desire for the Lord,
whose soul thirsted for the living God…
the tears you cried
became the source
of the greatest joy
as from your sins the Christ released you,
as your eyes beheld
your blessed Teacher –
pray for us this day, O Mary,
that our ...
(Mic.7:14-15,18-20;   Ps.85:2-8;   Mt.12:46-50) 
“Then extending His hands to His disciples, He said,
‘There are my mother and my brothers.’”
The Lord’s blessing rests upon all who worship Him in spirit and in truth, and it comes to us primarily ...
O great preacher of the Word of God,
you who were entrusted
with this angelic office
to bring light to Christian minds
and dispel the darkness
of sin and error –
pray all souls this day
may be blessed with hearing
the Word of God you spoke so well,
that all hearts might turn in faith
to the Lord
purged ...
(Mic.6:1-4,6-8;   Ps.50:5-6,8-9,16-17,21,23;   Mt.12:38-42) 
“The Lord has a plea against His people,
and He enters into trial with Israel.”
“God Himself is the judge,” brothers and sisters.  And so He declares: “Gather my faithful ones before ...
O suffering shepherd
severely persecuted
for your work of evangelization,
you ever continued to preach the faith
and convert multitudes
despite all the tortures
the ravenous beasts of this earth
could muster;
a true apostle you proved to be,
martyred even as Christ’s Twelve –
how shall we ...
 (Ws.12:13,16-19;   Ps.86:5-6,9-10,15-16;   Rom.8:26-27;   Mt.13:24-43)
 
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”
 
Such are the Lord’s instructions to the harvesters, His angels that ...
(Mic.2:1-5;   Ps.10:1-4,7-8,12,14;   Mt.12:14-21)
“When the Pharisees were outside
they began to plot against Jesus
to find a way to destroy Him.”
Is it not of these David sings when he declares, “He lurks in ambush near the villages; in hiding he murders the innocent; ...
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