If anyone should happen to notice the new badges appearing at the bottom of recent posts, they describe a current challenge that is going on. That challenge is to do a post-a-day until Christmas, and for that challenge there is a topic given that has to be incorporated into the theme of the blog. This day’s post-a-day topic is Chickens! The theme of the blog revolves around the Mass Readings of the Roman Catholic Church. Chickens as they relate to scripture. Question: why did the Chicken cross the road? Answer: To get to the other side. Question: What do Chickens have to do with today’s readings? Answer: I don’t know yet.
Today is the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231). Elizabeth was the daughter of Andrew II, King of Hungary, and the wife of Duke Louis IV of Thuringia. Being the daughter of a King and the wife of a duke, Elizabeth led an obviously privileged life. An abbreviated version of her story is that she was the good wife of the Duke, who also had a natural inclination towards the sick, and the suffering, and the downtrodden. She was a religious person, more specifically and important; a lay person. Question: What does this have to do with Chickens? Answer: I don’t know yet! In 1227 Elizabeth’s husband was killed during the crusade, and following that death Elizabeth became a tertiary Franciscan. Her story tells that she did not receive the inheritance due her, and these times were one of personal suffering. As a vowed tertiary Franciscan she took on the role of caring for the sick, going so far as to convert some property she owned into a hospital while herself living in a hut. Throughout her life, from wealth through poverty, Elizabeth always cared for the concerns of others. She placed other before herself in service to God. Question: why did the Chicken cross the road? Answer: To get to the other side.
The gospel reading today is of the blind man at Jericho:
As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
Question: What do Chickens have to do with today’s readings? Answer: The blind man was not a chicken. He had the nerve to call out to Christ and ask for help. All of the people around him told him to keep silent, but he wished to be cured of his blindness. He had the courage to call out to God, he was not held back by fear, and he wasn’t a chicken. It’s not always easy to make that decision when society pressures you into something else. That is a valuable lesson for today: don’t be a chicken and follow Christ! For Elizabeth she had the desire to serve God by serving the poor and the injured. She had the courage to serve God when she was a member of Royalty, and she had the courage and strength to serve God when she was an outcast from Royal society. Elizabeth wasn’t a chicken either. Her faith gave her strength, her story serves as strength for others…..