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MEMORIAL ST ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, THURSDAY OF THE THIRTY-THIRD WEEK ORDINARY TIME, NOVEMBER 17, 2022



A reading of the holy Gospel according to LK 19:41-44


As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”


REFLECTION:

If this day you only knew what makes for peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes.


Prior to making His last walk to Jerusalem, Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus.


And now on His final ascent to Jerusalem, He foresees its destruction by Titus. With deep sorrow and anguished grief, He weeps over Jerusalem.


He became man to redeem man, taught at the synagogues, cured the sick, healed the blind, drove out demons, and converted sinners and tax collectors. Many witnessed His miracles, yet He was hated and many did not respond to His love.


And how do we recognize His love for us? We show our love by how we act and treat each other through merciful deeds and prayer. He especially is aware of our charity to others.


St Elizabeth of Hungary, 1207-1231, is an example of how we should live and love. She was very wealthy and spent her life helping the poor, converting her castles to hospitals and selling all her luxurious possessions for the sake of the poor.


She renounced all worldly things for the Lord.


Pray for the times we failed: to love Him, to give Him thanks, were disobedient and rebellious toward Him, did not recognize Him in the poor nor showed compassion or mercy.


Consider how our actions can comfort or hurt Jesus.


God Bless You




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