Reading I: Exodus 11:10—12:14
Responsorial: Psalm 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18
Gospel: Matthew 12:1-8
Feast of St Bonaventure.
In the middle of the 13th century, (about 1240-1275) two great men were alive in the church at the same time. Both became Doctors of the Church for their great learning and sanctity. One, St Thomas Aquinas is called the Cherubic Doctor, because he belongs to that group of saintly people who teach the great truths and ideas of our faith. The other St Bonaventure, whose feast we celebrate today, was called the Seraphic Doctor because he revealed the love of God in his dealings with the world and his writings.
Bonaventure was born around 1218 and studied in Paris in the new universities there. He became Minister General of the Franciscan order and was able to ensure the Franciscan Spirit of poverty could be applied to a worldwide order. His writings show great depth and love of God and people. In telling us how to learn about love he instucts us to look to grace not knowledge and he assures us that no one can teach the wisdom of God, it must be experienced.
His greatest work, "The Journey of the Mind to God," is a spiritual masterpiece and well worth reading in any age.