July 15, 2014

Bonaventure

July 15, 2014:  St. Bonaventure, bishop and doctor

St. Bonaventure
Readings
  • Is 7:1-9  The kings of Aram and Israel attacked but couldn't conquer Jerusalem.  Lord to Isaiah:  Tell Ahaz: Take courage and don't fear; the mischief plotted against you shall not be!  Within 65 years, Ephraim shall be crushed.  Unless your faith is firm, you won't be firm!
  • Ps 48:2-8  "God upholds his city for ever."  Great is the Lord and wholly to be praised.  His holy mountain is the joy of the earth.
  • Mt 11:20-24  Jesus reproached the towns since they hadn't repented:  “Woe to you, Chorazin and Bethsaida, for not repenting as even Tyre and Sidon did.  Capernaum, you'll go down to the nether world; Sodom will fare better.”
Pope Francis
  • To economists:  In today's “throwaway” society, what isn’t needed is thrown away, because the human person isn't at the center.  When something else is at the center, people are at the service of that.  Study new ways to save the human person, so we return to the center of society, of thoughts, of reflection.
Wordle: Readings 7-15-14
Wordle of today's Mass readings
  • To migration colloquium:  Tens of thousands of children migrate unaccompanied to the US from Central America and Mexico to escape poverty, usually in vain.  Protect and help them because they're vulnerable and defenseless, inform them of the dangers, and promote development in their countries of origin.  We need to change our attitude away from defensiveness, fear, indifference, and marginalization–typical of a throwaway culture–to one based on a culture of encounter, the only culture that can build a better, more just and fraternal world.
Music
St. Bonaventure receiving the
banner of the Holy Sepulchre from
the Blessed Virgin Mary
/ Solimena
St. Bonaventure
Reflections
    • Creighton:  Jesus worked miracles in the cities he reproached, but they declined the opportunity to repent.  Let's be like the other cities, show faith and trust, repent, persevere, and be saved.
    • Passionist:  Jesus and St. Bonaventure were agents of change:  Jesus preached the nearness of God's Kingdom, though many didn't take him seriously.  St. Bonaventure led the Franciscans through changing times, adapting St. Francis's message for growing towns, though their message was often ignored too.  Do I take Jesus' message seriously and live it?
    • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus was likely upset with these communities because of their indifference.  Repentance demands change, of heart and life.
    Apparel


    • 'Medical' pin:  St. Bonaventure, 'doctor' of the Church
    • 'Castle' button:  God is with her castles. (psalm)
    • White and green shirt:  white for St. Bonaventure memorial, green for Ordinary Time