Gospel Reflection – Tuesday (17 November) – 33rd Week of Ordinary Time
St Elizabeth of Hungary
Fr Paul reads the Gospel from Luke (19:1-10) about Zacchaeus climbing the sycamore tree to get a better view of Jesus as he passed by and then shares a little about St Elizabeth of Hungary, whose memorial we celebrate today.
Elizabeth was born in 1207 and died in 1231. Elizabeth was the daughter of the King of Hungary and she was given in marriage to Ludwig, the Landgrave of Thuringia. They had three children. Elizabeth, throughout her life, frequently meditated on heavenly things.
When Ludwig died Elizabeth embraced poverty and she built a hospice in which she herself could then care for the sick.
Today, as we remember St Elizabeth and her life, Fr Paul invites us for our reflection to remember all mothers, those still alive and those who have gone before us. We also remember all those we know and love who are sick; and, through the intercession of St Elizabeth of Hungary, a mother and carer for the sick, ask her to pray for us.