Saint Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop

Apocalypse 5:1-10; Psalm 149:1-6,9; Luke 19:41-44

Jesus's weeping over Jerusalem can of course be taken as deep sadness that his own people (The Jews) have not responded to the message meant for them - that they are saved, if only they would accept him. But take care to remember that Luke is writing to 'Theophilus' meaning all of us who count ourselves as interested in, or students of God. So, Jesus weeps for us all, because we all do fail to listen all of the time.

St Hugh of Lincoln:

He was born near Grenoble in France and entered the Carthusian monastery of La Grande Chartreuse at the age of 25. In 1175 he was asked by King Henry II of England to become prior of a Carthusian house in England, and a decade later he was appointed bishop of Lincoln, a post which he accepted only when directly commanded to do so by the prior of La Grande Chartreuse. His diocese was the largest in England, and he spent the rest of his life in ceaseless work there. He delegated much authority. He was a friend (and critic) of successive kings, but also worked with his own hands on the extension of his cathedral. He gained a great reputation for justice, the care of the sick, and the support of the oppressed: he risked his life to help the Jewish community. He died in London on 16 November 1200 and was declared a saint in 1220, the first Carthusian to be canonized.

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