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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22
Psalm 15:2-5
Luke 19:1-10

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you make me sick!

“Because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of My mouth!” —Revelation 3:16

Jesus said that the lukewarm Christians of Laodicea made Him feel like vomiting. Then He knocked at their door and wanted to have supper with them (Rv 3:20). Isn’t it contradictory to want to have supper with people who make you sick? Yet Jesus loves us so much that He is willing to be sick, to suffer, and to die so as to share His life with us.

Zacchaeus, the little tax collector, was another sickening person. Tax collectors, because of their complicity with the oppressive Roman government, made Jews sick. The Jews didn’t vomit, but they would sometimes spit at the tax collectors. Jesus also was repulsed by the sins of Zacchaeus and by the thought of having to atone for them on Calvary. However, Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus, invited Himself to share supper, and brought salvation to Zacchaeus’ house (Lk 19:5, 9).

We have been or are sickening in our sins. Even when we can’t stand ourselves, Jesus is knocking at the door. Open up to Him.

Prayer:  Jesus, come into my life this very hour.

Promise:  “I will never erase his name from the book of the living, but will acknowledge him in the presence of My Father and His angels.” —Rv 3:5

Praise:  St. Elizabeth never let her royal bloodline get in the way of serving the poor. Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, a contemporary, she founded a hospital in his honor. She is the patron of Catholic charities and the secular Franciscan Order.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Spiritual Anorexia, order, listen to, or download our CD 101-1 or DVD 101 on our website.)

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