Sunday 6 August 2017

About Today Readings

Week II Psalter. The Transfiguration of the Lord.

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14. Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 9. 2 Peter 1:16-19. Matthew 17:1-9.

The Lord is king, the most high over all the earth — Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 9.

In the week approaching the feast of St Mary MacKillop, we look at the life of Australia’s first saint through the lens of the daily Gospel stories. As you contemplate the daily Gospel reading, reflect on Mary’s story, and consider how your own faith journey can be enriched by her example. 



‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour.’

While visiting Sevenhill retreat house in South Australia, I saw the ruins of the small house where Mary MacKillop stayed when she visited her spiritual director, Joseph Tappeiner SJ.

Mary is known for her work with the poor. Less well understood is the deep spirituality and relationship with God that inspired this ministry. From Tappeiner and other Jesuits, including Anderledy in Rome, she would have learned Ignatian spirituality, been inspired to follow Jesus even more closely and to do all for the greater glory of God.

Discerning the action of the good spirit and detecting the subtle suggestions of the evil one would have become a way of living and decision-making.

Jesus, draw me into a deep loving relationship with you and let this love inspire all that I do.

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