Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Rel., (17th November, 2017) on the Gospel and the Memorial
(Friday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time (I))
Ps 18:2-5. (R.v.2);
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: Do the necessary.
Jesus went on and told the people that the coming of the Son of Man will be likened to the days of Noah and the days of Lot. People were busy doing what pleased them when the destruction came. He went ahead and said that there will be no room for further action. According to Saint Peter, it is the time for judgment to begin with the household of God, cf. 1Pt 4:17. And for prophet Ezekiel, it will be a day of tumult, and not of joyful shouting upon the mountains, cf. Ezek 7:7.
We ought to prepare for the coming of the Son of Man. There is no need looking for one sign or another. Jesus Himself told us that there will be none.
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary did not wait for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man. 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: Rev 22:1-7.
Thought for today: Do not look for signs.
Let us pray: May Jesus Christ, our Lord help us prepare for his coming – Amen.
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary – Pray for us.
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