Thought of the day
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday of the First week in Ordinary Time

Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church Sermon “Christus unus omnium magister ”

Tuesday of the First week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church 
Sermon “Christus unus omnium magister ”

              "What is this? A new teaching with authority"

There is no possibility of reaching certitude regarding revealed faith except by means of Christ's coming into the soul. He then comes into the flesh as word confirming every word of prophecy, of which it was said to the Hebrews: “In times past God spoke through the prophets in partial and various ways; in these last days he spoke to us through a Son” (Heb 1:1-2). That Christ is indeed the Father's all-powerful Word, we read: “His word is sovereign and who can say to him: What are you doing?” (Eccl 8:4). He is, too, a word full of truth – even more, he is truth itself – as Saint John says: “Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth” (17:17)... 

      And so, because authority belongs to the word that is powerful and trustworthy, and Christ is the Word of the Father and, therefore, both Power and Wisdom, so all the strength of authority is founded and consummated in him. That is why all true doctrine and its preachers referred to Christ's coming in the flesh as being the foundation of the entire christian faith: “According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation... But no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ” (1Cor 3:10-11). For he alone is all true doctrine's foundation, whether apostolic or prophetic, according to both one Law and the other, new and old. Thus it is said to the Ephesians: You have built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the capstone” (2:20). And so it is clear that Christ is the teacher of knowledge according to faith; he is the Way according to his twofold coming, in spirit and in flesh.