Wednesday, XV Week of Ordinary Time, Year A

Saint Bonaventure, pray for us!

Readings: 1st: Is 10:5-7.13-16; Ps: 93; Gos: Mt 11:25-27

This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico, the island of enchantment. He is the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico; the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. For more details and comments contact him at:  canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com

Today, the Wednesday of the fifteenth week of ordinary time, the church honors Saint Bonaventure, bishop and doctor of the church.

Saint Bonaventure was born in Italy in 1221. As a young man, he joined the Franciscan order. He studied in Paris, where he received his doctorate degree in theology. In 1253, he became the master of the Franciscan school at Paris.

Bonaventure means good luck or good fortune. Indeed, he brought good fortune to the church. Through his many theological writings, he taught sound doctrines and defended the Christian faith.

In addition to his intellectual and academic excellence, he was a man of excellent spirituality, a very pious, “poor”, and humble man of God. Actually, these qualities made his theological works more authentic.

As a true soldier of Christ, in 1272 Bonaventure died in active service while taking part at the Council of Lyons. He was canonized in 1482, and in1557 he was declared a doctor of the Church.

In today’s gospel, Jesus thanked the Father for revealing his mysteries to the little ones, and hiding them from the wise.

Christ, was addressing a crowd of his humble followers who came to listen to his sermons. He saw their sincere thirst and quest for true wisdom.  

This was in contrast to the attitude of the Pharisees, and the Scribes. They were the teachers of the law for whom the message of Christ meant nothing. They considered themselves wise by their own standard.

Unfortunately, when the messiah appeared, they could not recognize him. So, rather than display wisdom, their pride betrayed their ignorance.

So, the little ones are those who humble themselves before God and those who continue to search and make daily efforts to know him more.

When we humbly listen and meditate on God’s word, he reveals himself to us beyond our own imagination. This knowledge of God is what makes us wise.

It transforms and shapes our lives, both intellectually and spiritually. Also, it shapes our relationship with God, with others and with our entire world.

Let us pray that, through the intercession of saint Bonaventure, that we might humbly come to the true knowledge of God and his kingdom.

Saint Bonaventure, pray for us!

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!

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