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November 17

We begin our prayer, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Today is the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. She was a saint who showed care for the poor and those who were in need. She is an example of compassion.

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus explains that we are all called to be compassionate and to care for everyone we meet. We are expected to make sure that everyone is well looked after.  Jesus tells his followers that they have been good and caring people. He explains it in this way:

“For when I was hungry, you gave me food, when I was thirsty, you gave
me something to drink, when I was a stranger, you welcomed me, when I
was naked, you gave me clothing, when I was sick, you took care of me,
and when I was in prison, you visited me.” Jesus’ friends and followers
were confused and told the Lord that they had never seen him hungry and
thirsty, and cold or sick. Jesus then told them his important message,
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least of my brothers and sisters of
mine…, you did it to me.” Jesus challenges us all to be kind to everyone
we meet and to treat everyone the way we would like to be treated.

Let us pray,

God of Justice who seeks out the poor, 
help us to see those around us through 
loving and compassionate eyes. 
Help us to reach out to them in their need. 
May we always work towards breaking down 
the barriers that make people feel alone. 
In showing kindness and care to each other we will make a difference; 
we will be demonstrating our love for you.

We make this prayer in your name, Jesus. Amen.
We move into our day today in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Spirit. Amen.​