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.

  • January 22 - Saturday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (2Sm.1:1-4,11-12,19,23-27;   Ps.80:2-7;   Mk.3:20-21)  “They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan.”  For David’s leading his men in mourning for Saul, it might have been said of him what was said of Jesus: “He is out of His mind.”  But even to the end David proves himself sincere in his respect for God’s anointed, even slaying the man who claims to have dispatched the king upon Saul’s request (after he had dealt himself a mortal wound).  David is not anxious to claim the throne for himself, as so many around him suppose he should […]

  • January 21 - Friday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (1Sm.24:3-21;   Ps.57:2-4,6,11;   Mk.3:13-19) “Sovereignty over Israel shall come into your possession.” Today we see David at perhaps his most humble and obedient in the sight of God – we see why he is the great king of Israel. David is being hunted down by Saul once again in his jealousy.  His psalm, our psalm today, is his cry for protection from the Lord in whom he trusts: “I call to God Most High, to God, my benefactor.  May He send from heaven and save me.”  To the cave in which he hides, God sends his pursuer, vulnerable and at arm’s length.  But this man who will […]

  • January 20 - Thursday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (1Sm.18:6-9,19:1-7;   Ps.56:2-3,5,9-14;   Mk.3:7-12) “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” And Jesus His millions.  He slays an untold number of “unclean spirits [who] would catch sight of Him, fling themselves down at His feet, and shout, ‘You are the Son of God.’”  “A great crowd followed Him from Galilee, and an equally great multitude” from all the surrounding regions.  So great were their numbers He needed a boat to escape the press upon Him.  For He “cured many,” and many more desired to be touched by Him. The women sing of David’s […]

  • January 19 - Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (1Sm.17:32-33,37,40-51;   Ps.144:1-2,9-10;   Mk.3:1-6) “You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the Lord.” “The battle is the Lord’s” is the simple truth David proclaims to all those who stand in arms.  To “all this multitude,” he declares “that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves.”  Thus with David’s defeat of the Philistine giant is emphasized what has already been revealed in the anointing of this ruddy youth as king and the loss of that kingship by the tall-in-stature Saul: the exalted are humbled […]

  • January 18 - Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year II

    (1Sm.16:1-13;   Ps.89:20-22,27-28;   Mk.2:23-28)  “Man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” Indeed, how different the vision of God from the vision of man, and how well the Lord illustrates this in His rejection of Saul and His choosing of David.  When Samuel sees Eliab, whose appearance and “lofty stature” are reminiscent of Saul, even this great seer is blinded by his eyes and must be directed by God to look beyond what is apparent to his sight.  All seven sons brought to the feast are rejected by the Lord, and the youngest, “who is tending the sheep,” […]