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Parish Daily Update 11/16/20

Dear Parish Family,

“They who pray with faith have fervour and fervour is the fire of prayer.  This mysterious fire has the power of consuming all our faults and imperfections, and of giving to our actions vitality, beauty and merit.”   ~St. Francis Xavier Cabrini

BUSINESS:  Offertory for the week of 11/8/20:

General                                $12,373.00

Building                                $300.00

Diocesan Missions            $80.00

Our Daily Bread                $5.00

The methods of giving we have are: 

                ~Place your offering in the basket as you come to Mass;

~Mail checks directly to 127 Church Rd., Madison, MS 39110;

~Your bank’s online bill-pay page, having the bank send a check to the

  church;

~ACH Auto-draft of your account.  Call the office – 601-856-2054 – and we will

  send you the form to have that set up.

~Texting your contribution to 601-391-6645; or

~https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stjosephgluckstadt for on-line giving. 

Thank you for your support of our wonderful St. Joseph parish!

THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS:  This year, due to COVID, we will not be collecting, boxing, and distributing food in our usual manner.  Instead, we have ordered food, which will be boxed and picked up directly through the Hispanic Ministry in Canton.  If you would like to contribute to the Thanksgiving Food Drive, you can use any of the above methods.  If you send a check or cash, please be sure to note that it is for “Thanksgiving food”.  Also, on the online giving link there is a fund set up for “Thanksgiving.”

MASS RESERVATIONS:  We are having an increasing number of people who are coming to the Noon Mass on Sunday without calling ahead for reservations.  That Mass is beginning to fill up, and reservations guarantee you a seat.  I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE everyone to call the office, 601-856-2054, before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday to make reservations for that Mass if you are planning on attending.

God bless,

Pam

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious  

First Reading:  Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22 

I, John, heard the Lord saying to me: “To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this: 

“‘The one who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says this: “I know your works,
that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent. If you are not watchful, I will come like a thief, and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you. However, you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; they will walk with me dressed in white, because they are worthy.”  “The victor will thus be dressed in white, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father
and of his angels. Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” 

“To the angel of the Church in Laodicea, write this: 

“‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation, says this: “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched,
pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed,
and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent.” 

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne.” 

“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
  

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 15:2-3, 3-4, 5 

R. I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.
He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.
Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
By whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R. I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. I will seat the victor beside me on my throne. 

Gospel:  Luke 19:1-10

At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. 
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house.”  And he came down quickly and received him with joy. 
When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”  But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” 

Homily 

Jesus said to [Zacchaeus], “Today salvation has come to this house …”  Luke 19:1-10 

A Teenage Daughter had been in a foul mood for what seemed like an eternity. When her wise and patient mother had had enough of the sulking and rudeness, she sent the rest of the family off to the movies. Loading up with her daughter’s favorite ice cream, Mom called her into the kitchen and told her to have a seat. Mom scooped two big bowls. Nothing was said for a long time. But by the second scoops, the teenager began to open up. Mother and daughter talked the afternoon away. Because of a mother’s patience, love, and a couple of pints of Ben & Jerry’ … salvation came to their house. 

It was a hard sell, but everyone (to Mom and Dad’s surprise) bought into the idea. With their kids now older, they proposed a new family tradition: On a child’s birthday, he or she would choose a charity, and the family would use the money that would have been used for gifts to make a donation in the child’s name to that organization. The honoree would keep the decision secret until the birthday dinner; then, before blowing out the candles on the cake, the guest of honor would announce the charity that would receive the gift and why. The tradition required some homework on the part of the birthday boy or girl (or parent), but everyone looked forward to being able to support a cause important to them. Parents instill in their children a sense of gratitude and a spirit of generosity . . . and salvation comes to their house. 

In our own humble efforts at kindness and understanding and our seemingly inconsequential acts of generosity and forgiveness, we can bring to our own homes the salvation that Jesus brings to the house of the faithful Zacchaeus in today’s Gospel. May we always extend to Jesus the invitation to come into our homes and communities, helping us make the four walls of our homes places of peace and safety, harbors of forgiveness and joy for one another, houses where God’s salvation has come. 

May your salvation come to our homes and hearts, O Lord, enabling us to realize the good that unites us and, from that good, show us how to work together to create your Kingdom of justice and peace in our homes and hearts, here and now. In our simplest and everyday acts of compassion and justice, may we reveal your love in our midst and in the lives and hearts of all our brothers and sisters. 

An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present
in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
I ask You to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, trusting that you are already there and I unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.   

St. Elizabeth of Hungary 

St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, was born in Hungary on July 7, 1207 to the Hungarian King Andrew II and Gertrude of Merania. 

As soon as her life began, she had responsibilities from being a royal pressed upon her. While Elizabeth was very young, her father arranged for her to be married to Ludwig IV of Thuringia, a German nobleman. Because of this plan, Elizabeth was sent away at the age of four for education at the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia. 

Elizabeth’s mother, Gertrude, was murdered in 1213, when Elizabeth was just six-years-old. According to history, the murder was carried out by Hungarian noblemen due to the conflict between Germans and the Hungarian nobles. From this point on, Elizabeth’s perspective on life and death dramatically changed and she sought peace with prayer. 

Happiness was returned to her young life in 1221 when she was formally married to Ludwig, whom she deeply loved. Together the couple had three beautiful children, two of whom became members of nobility and the third entering the religious life, becoming abbess of a German convent. 

Elizabeth continued to live a life full of prayer and a service to the poor. Ludwig, who was now one of the rulers of Thuringia, supported all of Elizabeth’s religious endeavors even though she was a part of the royal court.  She began to lead an austerely simple life, practiced penance, and devoted herself to works of charity. She used her royal position to advance her mission for charity. 

In 1223, Franciscan friars arrived in Thuringia and taught 16-year-old Elizabeth all about Francis of Assisi’s ideals. She then forth decided to live her life mirroring his. 

She wore simple clothing and set aside time every day to take bread to hundreds of poor people in her land. Ludwig and Elizabeth were politically powerful and lived with a remarkable generosity toward the poor. 

In 1226, when disease and floods struck Thuringia, Elizabeth took to caring for the victims. It is said she even gave away the royal’s clothing and goods to the afflicted people. Elizabeth had a hospital built and provided for almost a thousand poor people daily. 

Elizabeth’s life was full of love and faith. However, tragedy struck when Ludwig passed away from illness in 1227. It is said upon hearing the news, she said, “He is dead. He is dead. It is to me as if the whole world died today.” His remains were entombed at the Abbey of Reinhardsbrunn. 

Elizabeth vowed to never remarry and to live a life similar to a nun, despite pressure from relatives. 

Her vows included celibacy and an agreement of complete obedience to her confessor and spiritual director, Master Conrad of Marburg. His treatment of Elizabeth was very strict and often harsh. He held her to a standard that many saw as impossible to meet. He provided physical beatings and sent away her children. However, she continued to keep her vow, even offering to cut off her own nose, so she would be too ugly for any man to want. 

In 1228, Elizabeth joined the Third Order of St. Francis. Elizabeth, having received her dowry, founded a hospital in honor of St. Francis, where she personally attended to the ill. She ministered to the sick and provided support to the poor. 

Elizabeth’s life was consumed deeply by her devotion to God and her charitable labor. She passed away at the age of 24, on November 17, 1231 in Marburg, Hesse. 

One of her greatest known miracles occurred when she was still alive, the miracle of roses. It is said that during one of her many trips delivering bread to the poor in secret, Ludwig met with her and asked her questions to erase everyone’s suspicions that she was stealing treasures from the castle. He asked her to reveal the contents under her cloak, and as she did a vision of white and red roses was seen. To Ludwig, this meant God’s protection was evident. In other versions, it was her brother-in-law who found her. Elizabeth’s story is one of the first of many that associates Christian saints with roses. 

Another living miracle involved a leper lying the bed she shared with her husband. Her mother-in-law discovered Elizabeth had placed a leper in the bed, and feeling enraged, she informed Ludwig. Annoyed with the situation, Ludwig removed the bedclothes and instantly the “Almighty God opened the eyes of his soul, and instead of a leper he saw the figure of Christ crucified stretched upon the bed.” 

After her death, miraculous healings began to occur at her graveside near her hospital. Examinations were held for those who had been healed from 1232 to 1235. The investigations, along with testimony from Elizabeth’s handmaidens and companions and the immense popularity surrounding her, provided enough reason for her canonization. 

Pope Gregory IX canonized her on May 27, 1235. 

St. Elizabeth’s feast day is celebrated on November 17 and she is the patron saint of bakers; beggars; brides; charities; death of children; homeless people; hospitals; Sisters of Mercy; widows.