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The BreadCast: Episodes

(1Kgs.11:29-32,12:19;   Ps.81:9-15;   Mk.7:31-37)
“My people heard not my voice,
and Israel obeyed me not;
so I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts.”
The Lord has said, “There shall be no strange god among you nor shall you worship an alien god,” but ...
(1Kgs.11:4-13;   Ps.106:3-4,35-37,40;   Mk.7:24-30)
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.” 
Jesus speaks these words to a foreign woman, a pagan Greek, who “beg[s] Him to expel the demon from her daughter.”  They ...
(1Kgs.10:1-10;   Ps.37:5-6,30-31,39-40;   Mk.7:14-23)
“The mouth of the just man tells of wisdom
and his tongue utters what is right.”
Today in our readings we have a passage to illustrate the great extent of the wisdom and riches of King Solomon.  “The queen ...
O lovely Lady who appeared to Bernadette,
Mary, Blessed Virgin and Mother of our Lord –
let our eyes, too, see your beauty
and hear your voice
calling us to pray for sinners,
calling us to come to you with our prayers
and to wash ourselves clean
in the water you provide
through Jesus your Son.
O ...
(1Kgs.8:22-23,27-30;   Ps.84:2-5,10-11;   Mk.7:1-13) 
“Can it indeed be that God dwells among men on earth?”
Well does Solomon do in stating, “If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you, how much less this temple which I have built!”  ...
O innocent soul,
pure as an angel,
meek as a lamb,
from slavery you were taken
to the house of God,
where freedom you found
in faith in the Lord –
pray for the freedom of all slaves
chained in soul or body,
that they shall be released
from the snares of this world
to walk at liberty with Jesus.
Pray ...
(1Kgs.8:1-7,9-13;   Ps.132:6-10;   Mk.6:53-56)
“Let us enter into His dwelling,
let us worship at His footstool.”
“Advance, O Lord, to your resting place, you and the ark of your majesty.”  Yes, in our first reading, “the elders of Israel and all ...
“Your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
 
And how shall “your light break forth like the dawn” except that you “share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked ...
O innocent soul,
pure as an angel,
meek as a lamb,
from slavery you were taken
to the house of God,
where freedom you found
in faith in the Lord –
pray for the freedom of all slaves
chained in soul or body,
that they shall be released
from the snares of this world
to walk at liberty with Jesus.
Pray ...
O soldier for the Lord
and servant of the poor
who trusted in God alone
and gave your life
for those in need –
may we, too, become friends of the one Lord,
purified of all dross
by the trials we endure
and by doing His will
in this world.
His children let us become
as we care for the children
most ...
(1Kgs.3:4-13;   Ps.119:9-14;   Mk.6:30-34)
 “He began to teach them at great length.” 
“Who is able to govern this vast people of yours?” Solomon asks in his plea to God for wisdom.  And “upon disembarking Jesus saw a vast crowd” ...
(Sir.47:2-11;   Ps.18:31,47,50-51;   Mk.6:14-29)
“Herod feared John,
knowing him to be an upright and holy man.”
O how the Lord has given power to His great men.  It is He who “gave great victories to [the] king.”  David “called upon the Most ...
O proclaimers of the faith
even unto death,
death on a cross,
you who have followed
in the way of our Lord
so completely,
loving your enemies
even as they killed you,
encouraging your brothers
even with your last breath –
may the blood you shed not be forgotten
by those of the nation in which ...
(1Kgs.2:1-4,10-12;   1Chr.29:10-12;   Mk.6:7-13) 
“Yours, O Lord, is the sovereignty;
you are exalted as head over all.”
Solomon begins his reign, and the apostles begin their mission.  But how different is their manner of rule.  Solomon sits in sovereignty ...
O good child of God
who gave your life so willingly
for the sake of Christ
and so wore His holy blood
upon your robes,
you who were blessed
to remain ever faithful to the Lord
even as those around you
turned from His presence –
pray for us this day
that our lives too
may be holy and blessed
as ...
(2Sm.24:2,9-17;   Ps.32:1-2,5-7,   Mk.6:1-6)
“I acknowledged my sin to you;
my guilt I covered not.”
The Lord can heal only those who believe in Him, who turn to Him in their guilt to be saved.
David has sinned against the Lord once again.  His kingdom had been blessed ...
(2Sm.18:9-10,14,24-25,30-19:3;   Ps.86:1-6;   Mk.5:21-43)
“Hearken, O Lord, to my prayer,
and attend to the sound of my pleading.”
Today in our readings we hear of desperate pleas made to the Lord.  In our gospel there are at least two “earnest appeal[s]”: ...
O bringer of light
to many nations,
you who struggled on
for the souls placed in your care
that all might know the Christ
for whom you toiled,
endlessly seeking
to convert obstinate hearts –
may your zeal
inspire missionaries this day
to go forth selflessly
proclaiming the Gospel to all,
bearing ...
O shepherd whom we invoke
for the healing of throats,
you who suffered torments
for the sake of the Name
and embraced death
as leader of His flock –
open our throats
to speak of Jesus,
to declare His goodness and glory,
the salvation that comes
only through Him.
Let us not fear
our persecutors
nor ...
(2Sm.15:13-14,30,16:5-13;   Ps.3:2-7;   Mk.5:1-20) 
“Many are saying of me,
‘There is no salvation for him in God.’”
Today David’s sins rise to his neck, and he is persecuted for them.  But in accepting the persecution as chastisement from the ...
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