Tuesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Welcome to Tuesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. You can find today’s readings if you Click Here for Today's Readings.
Yours truly is the celebrant and homilist for today’s Liturgy of the Word and the reflection that follows is a prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows, which includes the Memorare prayer. Ave Maria is also included.
Here is some info on St. Elizabeth of Hungary:
Of Hungarian royal birth, Elizabeth grew up at the court of Thuringia, in Germany, where she married the kindly Ludwig when she was but fourteen. Her piety and preference for the poor drew the ire of the courtiers, but Elizabeth’s desire to follow Christ did not waver. After Ludwig’s unexpected death in 1227, Elizabeth modeled her life on that of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded a hospital at Marburg, where she personally tended the sick and the dying. When her spiritual director questioned her, she told him that she “received from the poor special grace and humility.” Elizabeth died in 1231. She was twenty-four.
Today’s Gospel is one of my favorites, and I speak about it in my homily today on the Liturgy of the Word video on our Facebook page. It is the story of Zacchaeus climbing up into the sycamore tree so that he could see Jesus when Jesus passed by.
I always envision Jesus looking up into that tree and smiling a big, loving smile as he spoke to Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus repented immediately of his past sins and received our Lord into his heart and into his home. So beautiful. Would that the whole world would do the same.
I hope you have a blessed day today.
Your servant in Christ,