Tuesday, July 14, 2015


WEDNESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time

15 July 2015 WEDNESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time

St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church  

Memorial, White         


Ex 3:1 – 6, 9 – 12 / Mt 11: 25 – 27


[Franciscan St. Bonaventure (1221 – 1274), bishop and doctor of the Church, was a contemporary of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of Paris.]


Reading:  Ex 3: 1 – 6, 9-12

     Moses pastured the sheep of Jethro, his father-in-law, priest of Midian. One day he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the Mountain of God.

     The Angel of Yahweh appeared to him by means of a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. Moses saw that although the bush was on fire it did not burn up. Moses thought, "I will go and see this amazing sight, why is the bush not burning up?"

     Yahweh saw that Moses was drawing near to look, and God called to him from the middle of the bush, "Moses! Moses!" He replied, "Here I am." Yahweh said to him, "Do not come near; take off your sandals because the place where you are standing is holy ground." And God continued, "I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob."

     Moses hid his face lest his eyes look on God. Yahweh said, "I have seen the humiliation of my people in Egypt and I hear their cry when they are cruelly treated by their taskmasters. I know their suffering. I have come down to free them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a beautiful spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the territory of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites. The cry of the sons of Israel has reached me and I have seen how the Egyptians oppress them.

     Go now! I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt."

     Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the people of Israel out of Egypt?"

     God replied, "I will be with you and this will be the sign that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain." 


Gospel: Mt 11: 25 - 27

     On that occasion Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. 

     "Yes, Father, this is what pleased you. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."



     The Lord Jesus came to reveal God his Father to us. He did this through his life, words and deeds. In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us that "No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." 

     We get to know the Father through the Son. It is through his gift of the Spirit that we get to know the Father.  

     At our baptism we became adopted children of the Father and began to share by his grace in his divine life. At our baptism we became members of Christ's Church and were given a share in Christ's mission through the Church. By faith we get to know the Father and to listen to Christ's revelation of his Father. We are then called to make God's presence and revelation shared with others.

     Each one of us is called to be perfect, as the Father is perfect. Each of us is also called to bring and share God's love and care to those who are discouraged and downtrodden, depressed and discriminated upon. Each of us is called to proclaim God's mercy and love, kindness and care for all.

     The Gospel reading confirms for us the necessity of getting to know, love and follow Jesus if we wish to get to know the Father.















Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 


Have a good day!



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