WEDNESDAY 17th NOVEMBER, 2021. FEAST OF SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Religious and Patron of the Third Order.
During her short life-she died at the age of 24, Elizabeth managed to achieve great things and leave a legacy worthy of a Saint. Being of noble parentage, she was married into royalty, but lived a simple and austere life, caring for the poor and sick, following the ideals of St Francis of Assisi who was living at the time. When her husband died she dedicated herself totally to works of Charity. She died in the year 1231.
READINGS; SIRACH 26:1-4,13-16, OR 1TIMOTHY 5:3-10, PSALMS 31:4-5,8-9,24-25, MATTHEW 25:31-40.
CARING FOR THE POOR GIVES A CROWN OF HOLINESS
Today as we celebrated the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary a woman who did so much in a short span of years, she died at the age of 24 for but did great things. She is an example of the woman, the wife being praised in the book of Sirach, that a good wife is the joy of her husband and the people around.
Yes St. Elizabeth is the joy of the Church, because of the things she did, she did not do big things but just small thing but did them well. You and me are called to this kind of life, a life of being great for doing small thing but doing them well.
St Elizabeth was just in her youthful age but she was able to take care of the sick, lived a simple and austere life. You and me have a chance to be great. Jesus in the gospel is not mentioning big things but small things and these are what can help one to be among the blessed of God, it is by taking care of the needy among us.
And Jesus identifies himself with the needy therefore giving food to the hungry, giving water to the thirst, clothing the naked, visiting the prisoners and the sick is the duty of each one of us, and fulfilling these duties, helping these people is helping Jesus, we do them to Jesus. We are all going to be judged and the criteria is how we treated the least, the vulnerable and the needy in the society.
The Saint we are celebrating today demonstrated this in her short span of year in her life, let us emulate her in these simple works of mercy.
LET US PRAY THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF ST ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY THAT WE MAY ALSO PAY ATTENTION THE LESS PRIVILEGED AMONG AND BE THERE TO LENDER THEM OUR HELP.
Pax et Bonum:Peace and all good