Wednesday 15 July 2020

About Today Readings

St Bonaventure

Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16. The Lord will not abandon his people – Psalm 93(94):5-10, 14-15. Matthew 11:25-27.

‘You have hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to little children’

Today is the feast of the medieval mystic St Bonaventure. The Gospel reading from Matthew is a helpful gateway into the contributions of this saint to Catholic tradition.


In the Gospel reading, Jesus notes that the path to God isn’t paved through study and wisdom, but by taking on the humble receptiveness of a child. It’s only through Christ that the path to God is revealed.

‘No one can become blessed, unless they ascend above their very selves, not by an ascent with the body, but with the heart’, wrote St Bonaventure. It’s through Christ – ‘the way and the door’ and ‘the ladder and the vehicle’ – that we come to transcend the mundane world and contemplate the mystery of the eternal God.

Let us today spend some time in contemplation of Christ, the Trinity, and God’s universe.

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