Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, B.D., (15th July, 2020) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 93:5-10.14-15. (R. v. 14);
Saint Bonaventure, known as ‘the seraphic doctor’ was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. At twenty-two he entered the Franciscan Order. He was chosen General of his Order at the age of thirty-five and restored a perfect calm where peace had been disturbed by internal dissensions. Saint Bonaventure composed The Life of Saint Francis, and also assisted at the translation of the relics of Saint Anthony of Padua. Pope Gregory X made him a Cardinal and Bishop of Albano. He died at the Second Council of Lyons on 15th July, 1274. Saint Bonaventure was canonised on 14th April, 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV and declared a Doctor of the Church in the year 1588 by Pope Sixtus V.
Topic: Give thanks to God.
Jesus addressed the Father in today’s gospel, “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” I asked myself, ‘When did you last sincerely thank God?’
It might be very difficult for some remembering the last time they thanked God. However, we are ever ready with seemingly endless list of petitions. Meanwhile, Saint Paul rightly exhorts us, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1Thess 5:18).
No matter your condition, always thank God for His steadfast love which endures forever, cf. Ps 107:1. 118:1,29. 136:1,2,3,26. Postpone no further. God expects our thanks, cf. Lk 17:18-19. Let us therefore enter His gates not always with endless petitions but more often with thanksgiving and praise, because it is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the name of the Most High God, cf. Ps 54:6. 92:1. 100:4.
It is not optional. Every God’s creature must thank Him and all His saints must bless Him, cf. Ps 145:10. If God is your father and your master, He expects your thanks, cf. Mal 1:6. Give thanks to God in the congregation with your whole heart and tell of all His wonderful deeds, cf. Ps 9:1. 111:1. Sincere thanks to God is a way of expressing one’s faith. It is good to give thanks to God forever, cf. Ps 30:12. 44:8. 54:6.
Bible Reading: Lk 17:11-19; Ps 118; 136.
Thought for today: Always give thanks to God with your whole heart.
Let us pray: May the good Lord assist us to give worthy thanks to Him – Amen.
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