St Elizabeth of Hungary | Wednesday 17 November 2021

Today is Wednesday the 17 November, the feast of St Elizabeth of Hungary, in the 33rd week of Ordinary time.


The choir of Portsmouth Cathedral sing Psalm 42 – Like as the Hart desireth the waterbrooks, so longeth my soul after thee, O God.


Today’s reading is from Psalm 16 of the Grail, and can be found as Psalm 17 in other versions of the bible.


Psalm 16:1-8


Lord, hear a cause that is just, pay a heed to my cry.

Turn your ear to my prayer: no deceit is on my lips.


From you may my judgment come forth. Your eyes discern the truth.


You search my heart, you visit me by night. You test me and you find in me no wrong. My words are not sinful as are men's words.


I kept from violence because of your word, I kept my feet firmly in your paths;

there was no faltering in my steps.


I am here and I call, you will hear me, O God.

Turn your ear to me; hear my words.


Display your great love, you whose right hand saves your friends from those who rebel against them.


Guard me as the apple of your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings from the violent attack of the wicked.


My foes encircle me with deadly intent. Their hearts tight shut, their mouths speak proudly. They advance against me, and now they surround me Their eyes are watching to strike me to the ground as though they were lions ready to claw or like some young lion crouched in hiding.


Lord, arise, confront them, strike them down! Let your sword rescue my soul from the wicked; let your hand, O Lord, rescue me from men, from men whose reward is in this present life.


You give them their fill of your treasures; they rejoice in abundance of offspring and leave their wealth to their children.


As for me, in my justice I shall see your face and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory.



The psalms are part of wisdom literature; they are rich with the colours of the tapestry of life, its desolations and consolations.

Today we listen to the psalmist crying out for help. Many of us experience times in our lives when we just cry out to God.  Take a moment to reflect on the times when you cried out to God? What was God’s response?


‘I will call and you will hear me, O God.’ There is complete trust in God, that He does hear. Do you have such trust in God today?


Invite the Holy Spirit to lead you as the psalm is read again. Stay with a word or phrase that draws your attention. Reflect on why this is…


Perhaps there have been situations when you have cried out to God that have diminished your trust in Him? Bring them to Him now, as you rest in His presence in this moment.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.