PODCASTS

"The BreadCast"

“The BreadCast” is the title of my Podcasting site and contains both audio and text for the Daily Exposition of the Readings of Catholic Mass, from the book ‘Our Daily Bread’ by James H. Kurt (now with Chanted Verses, and added text of Prayer for the Day). Additional cast – SaintsCast, entries from the book ‘Prayers to the Saints’ (also by James Kurt). Both books bear imprimatur. Click on the title of the reading and you will be taken to the site where you can view the text and listen to the audio Podcast.

  • July 1 - Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (Amos 8:4-6,9-12;   Ps.119:2,10,20,30,40,131,Mt.4:46;   Mt.9:9-13) “Many tax collectors and those known as sinners came to join Jesus and His disciples at dinner.” It is just such as these that Amos prophesies against in our first reading; it is sinners such as Matthew whom he addresses when he declares, “Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!”  For the apostle the Lord calls today is a tax collector, one of those famous for extorting money from his fellow Jews even while standing in the stead of their occupiers, the Romans.  And so are he […]

  • June 30 - Thursday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (Amos 7:10-17;   Ps.19:8-11;   Mt.9:1-8)  “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Amos says of himself in our first reading: “The Lord took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people, Israel.”  And so he can say, “Now hear the word of the Lord!”  And so he can speak for God.  And so he can reveal the Lord’s will to the people, calling them to return to His presence. Like the prophets is the law, of which David, another shepherd called by God – himself to be king – sings today in our psalm: “The law of the Lord is […]

  • June 28 - Tuesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (Amos 3:1-8,4:11-12;   Ps.5:4-9;   Mt.8:23-27) “The lion roars – who will not be afraid! The Lord God speaks – who will not prophesy!” Yes, the Lord prophesies against Israel today like a lion rending and roaring: “You alone have I favored, more than all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your crimes.”  He brings upon His chosen “such upheaval as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: [they are] like a brand plucked from the fire.”  In no uncertain terms does He cry out through Amos – “Prepare to meet your God, O Israel.” A frightening […]

  • June 27 - Monday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (Amos 2:6-10,13-16;   Ps.50:16-23;   Mt.8:18-22)  “Consider this, you who forget God, lest I rend you and there be no one to rescue you.” What we should realize from our readings today is that the Word of the Lord is severe.  Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, etc. – His chastising hand is upon us in the words He speaks to our sinful hearts.  He does not nod and smile as we walk our errant ways, but calls us onto the strait path He treads. In our first reading and psalm the Lord recounts the sins of the people, “drawing them up before [their] eyes”; and for their crimes […]

  • June 25 - Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (Lam.2:2,10-14,18-19;   Ps.74:1-7,19-21;   Mt.8:5-17)  “It was our infirmities He bore, our sufferings He endured.” And oh how deep are those sufferings; “great as the sea is [our] downfall.”  And graphically are they seen in the destruction of Jerusalem; sharply they pierce the flesh of the Son. Yes, the Lord “has torn down in His anger the fortresses of daughter Judah…  On the ground in silence sit the old men of daughter Zion; they strew dust on their heads and gird themselves with sackcloth.  The maidens of Jerusalem bow their heads to the ground.”  And the […]