November 19th, 2017

Read "LUKE 8:1-3" & "PSALM 110

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

"The twelve were with Him, and also some women . . . who provided for them out of their means." (LUKE 8:1-3)


The last time I was in Germany, I visited the Wartburg Castle near Eisenach, where Luther translated the New Testament into German. To get to his study, I had to go first through a room where the relics of St. Elizabeth of Hungary were on display. The Lutheran in me recoiled at such things. But I learned something about Elizabeth, who was held in such high esteem by Luther himself.

Article XXI of the Augsburg Confession says that we should honor the saints and emulate their faith and good works, but not pray to them. "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ" (1 Timothy 2:5). Christ is the risen  and ascended Son of God. He sits at the right hand of God. There He prays for us without ceasing.

Elizabeth was married young to the Duke of Thuringia. When he died, his brothers drove her out, along with her two young children. Thus she had the vocation of wife and mother. Then she became a nun and devoted her life and wealth to building hospitals, taking the vocation of Christian charity.

Lord, help me to emulate the example of St. Elizabeth, who did good works by Your grace. Amen!

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