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The BreadCast: Episodes

(Acts 2:1-11;   Ps.104:1,24,29-31,34;   1Cor.12:3b-7,12-13;   Jn.20:19-23)
 
“Suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.”
 
What our first reading captures in all its dramatic ...
(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 ...
O preacher of the Word of God
and model of the Gospel,
you embraced poverty and penance
in accord with the way of Christ
and His teaching
and called your brothers
to do the same,
that the Church might be renewed,
that she might be holy
even as the Father is holy –
pray all souls
might indeed find ...
(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 ...
O apostle of the faith
called out from monastery walls
to travel into the world,
laboring and suffering
even to the shedding of blood
as you steered Christ’s ship
pounded by waves
but kept on course,
spreading out upon the face of the earth
by the sacrifice of shepherds
like yourself –
pray ...
(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 ...
(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] ...
O modern martyrs for Christ
who gave your lives even as the early Christians,
under torture by the emperor,
who remained steadfast as these
despite sword or fire
come by the power of the king…
a new age indeed you ushered in,
one of mighty suffering,
a time for the blood to mount up on this ...
(Acts 20:17-27;   Ps.68:10-11,20-21,33;   Jn.17:1-11)
 
“Father, the hour has come!
Give glory to your Son that your Son may give glory to you.”
 
A day of departures.  A day of final words and commendations.  Paul bids farewell to the leaders of Ephesus, ...
O blessed martyrs for the Lord,
in your catacombs the faith flourished,
upon your tomb the Church was built…
your blood is the seed
planted in the ground
that has caused the growth
of the tree of life;
joining in the sacrifice of Christ,
His great joy you knew –
pray that such grace  
will ...
(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 ...
O prophet of the Lord
who spoke in His defense
even before the bench of death,
who professed the wisdom of the Cross
over the intelligence of our race
and all the ideas
it could conceive,
who chose true worship
of the One God
even over life itself
and taught us also
His way in His Church –
pray ...
(Acts 1:12-14;   Ps.27:1,4,7-8,13;   1Pt.4:13-16;   Jn.17:1-11a)
 
“One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek:
to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”
 
Obedient to the instructions of the Lord, the apostles returned to Jerusalem, ...
O Mother of our Lord,
who are we
that you should visit us?
Over hills you came
to see your cousin Elizabeth
and the child she conceived
so miraculously;
to her you brought the Child
who brings us all salvation.
Yes, to us all you bring Jesus…
all holy souls you visit with His grace.
John the ...
(Zeph.3:14-18  or  Rom.12:9-16;   Is.12:2-6;   Lk.1:39-56)
 
“Sing praise to the Lord for His glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.”
 
How can we capture the joy of this day?  For here is the sign of our promised salvation; ...
(Acts 18:9-18;   Ps.47:2-8;   Jn.16:20-23)
 
“Go on speaking and do not be silenced,
for I am with you.”
 
As Paul continues his missionary journey, his fears are calmed by the Lord, who assures him: “No one will attack you or harm you,” though he ...
(Acts 1:1-11;   Ps.47:1-3,6-9;   Eph.1:17-23  or  Eph.4:1-13  or  Heb.9:24-28,10:19-23;
Mt.28:16-20  or  Mk.16:15-20  or  Lk.24:46-53)
 
“God mounts His throne amid shouts of joy;
the Lord, amid trumpet blasts.”
 
Three ...
(Acts 17:15,22-18:1;   Ps.148:1-2,11-14,Is.6:3;   Jn.16:12-15)
 
“It is He ‘who gives’ to all life and ‘breath’ and everything else.”
 
“His majesty is above earth and heaven,” brothers and sisters.  And so our psalmist ...
O converter of peoples,
called from the quiet
of cloister walls
you went obediently over seas
to preach to the souls
to whom you were sent,
and the Lord worked
through your obedience,
spoke through the words
you uttered to the nations…
and so the light of holy faith
banished the darkness of error
and ...
(Acts 16:22-34;   Ps.138:1-3,7-8;   Jn.16:5-11) 
“Immediately all the doors flew open
and everyone’s chains were pulled loose.”
“Your right hand saves me,” David sings unto the Lord this day in our psalm.  Mighty indeed is His power, and so ...
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