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Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
I will look after my sheep, says the Lord,
and I will appoint a shepherd to pasture them,
and I, the Lord, will be their God. Cf. Ez 34:11, 23-24
This is the steward, faithful and prudent,
whom the Lord set over his household
to give them their allowance of food at the proper time. Cf. Lk 12:42
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, just as we celebrate the heavenly birthday
of the Bishop Saint Bonaventure,
we may benefit from his great learning
and constantly imitate the ardor of his charity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16
Thus says the Lord:
Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger,
my staff in wrath.
Against an impious nation I send him,
and against a people under my wrath I order him
To seize plunder, carry off loot,
and tread them down like the mud of the streets.
But this is not what he intends,
nor does he have this in mind;
Rather, it is in his heart to destroy,
to make an end of nations not a few.
For he says:
“By my own power I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd.
I have moved the boundaries of peoples,
their treasures I have pillaged,
and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned.
My hand has seized like a nest
the riches of nations;
As one takes eggs left alone,
so I took in all the earth;
No one fluttered a wing,
or opened a mouth, or chirped!”
Will the axe boast against him who hews with it?
Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it?
As if a rod could sway him who lifts it,
or a staff him who is not wood!
Therefore the Lord, the Lord of hosts,
will send among his fat ones leanness,
And instead of his glory there will be kindling
like the kindling of fire.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
Your people, O Lord, they trample down,
your inheritance they afflict.
Widow and stranger they slay,
the fatherless they murder. R.
And they say, “The Lord sees not;
the God of Jacob perceives not.”
Understand, you senseless ones among the people;
and, you fools, when will you be wise? R.
Shall he who shaped the ear not hear?
or he who formed the eye not see?
Shall he who instructs nations not chastise,
he who teaches men knowledge? R.
For the Lord will not cast off his people,
nor abandon his inheritance;
But judgment shall again be with justice,
and all the upright of heart shall follow it. R.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. Mt 11:25
At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Prayer over the Offerings
Look with favor, O Lord, we pray,
on the offerings we set upon this sacred altar
on the feast day of blessed Saint Bonaventure,
that, bestowing on us your pardon,
our oblations may give honor to your name.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
It was not you who chose me, says the Lord,
but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit,
fruit that will last. Cf. Jn 15:16
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord finds awake
when he comes and knocks at the gate. Cf. Lk 12:36-37
Prayer after Communion
Renewed by the sacred mysteries,
we humbly pray, O Lord,
that, following the example of blessed Saint Bonaventure,
we may strive to profess what he believed
and to practice what he taught.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Daily Meditation: Matthew 11:25-27
You have revealed them to the childlike. (Matthew 11:25)
Having a one-year-old sure keeps parents on their toes. At this stage of development, a child thinks he can walk and climb before he is quite ready, so there are quite a few falls. Whenever he’s hurt, through tears and cries, he looks straight at his parents. Of course, they pick him up, make sure he’s all right, and comfort him. And this is true not just with injuries. As much as a young toddler likes exploring solo, she often wants to climb up into her parents’ arms, whether to reach something high, to read a book, or just to snuggle.
A child’s relationship with their parents is a precious thing. A child’s boundless trust leads them to turn instantly to Mom or Dad. This is precisely the image Jesus uses in his prayer to his Father in today’s Gospel. There was something about the people who accepted Jesus, something that made them open to receiving the word of God. Jesus calls these people “the childlike” (Matthew 11:25).
If God reveals himself to the childlike, then how can we become like children in relation to God? It’s easy to think that in order to know God, we had better begin a long course of study and a rigorous program of virtue building. We might also think, “Gosh, look how far behind I already am!”
But that’s not being like a child. We can learn from a one-year-old here: I need, I want, I hurt. We begin with, “Help me, God!” And think of how Jesus taught us to pray: Our Father.
This kind of innocent trust, turning to God in our pain as well as our joys, reaching up our hands and trusting that he will pick us up—that is childlike. That is the attitude we are all invited to adopt.
When we turn to God like children, he does much more than pick us up and comfort us. He reveals himself to us. Like a good parent, he shows us how much he loves us and opens our eyes to his mercy. He teaches us right from wrong and shows us how to live. Best of all, he assures us that he is always our Father.
“Jesus, teach me to be childlike and trust in God my Father.”
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16
Psalm 94:5-10, 14-15
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