Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Rel., (17th November, 2016) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Rev 5:1-10;Ps 149:1-6.9. (R. Rev 5:10);
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary was born in Hungary on 7th July, 1207 to the Hungarian King Andrew II and Gertrude of Merania. Her father arranged for her to be married to Ludwig IV of Thuringia, a German nobleman when she was very young. The marriage was blessed with three children. Ludwig supported all her religious endeavours. She led an austerely simple life, wore simple clothing, practiced penance, and devoted herself to works of charity. Elizabeth used her royal position to advance her mission for charity and also built a hospital that provided for almost a thousand poor people daily. She joined the Third Order of St. Francis in 1228 and passed away at the age of 24, on 17th November, 1231 in Marburg, Hesse and was canonized on 27th May, 1235 by Pope Gregory IX. Saint Elizabeth is the patron saint of bakers, beggars, brides, charities, death of children, homeless people, hospitals, Sisters of Mercy, widows.
Topic: Recognising the time.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem in today’s gospel because she failed to recognise the things that make for peace. He prophesied that the days would come when her enemies would set up ramparts around her, surround her, hem her in on every side, and crushed her and her children to the ground. They would not leave within her a stone upon another. All because she did not recognise the time of her visitation from God.
Equally, many till today do not recognise often the time of their visitation from God. They spend time searching for it, keep procrastinating the time they will do this good or that. In the second letter of Saint Paul to Corinthians we read, “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2Cor 6:2). Whoever wants to be acceptable to God must serve Christ (disciple), cf. Rom 14:18.
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary recognised the time of her visitation from God. She spent herself completely serving God and her brothers and sisters. We ought to follow her and stop procrastinating for tomorrow may be too late.
Bible Reading: 2Cor 6:14–7:1.
Thought for today: Now is the favourable time.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to make the best out of every second we have – Amen.
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary – Pray for us.
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