Thursday 3 August 2017
Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38. Psalm 83(84):3-6, 8, 11. Matthew 13:47-53.
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God! — Psalm 83(84):3-6, 8, 11.
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.
‘The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet…that brings in a haul of all kinds.’
When Mary MacKillop and her Sisters walked around The Rocks in Sydney, begging for money and food to support the Providence, they encountered crooks and con men, prostitutes and fellow beggars. Reactions to them would have been varied. Some may have mocked these strangely dressed women. Others may have had a grudging admiration and a few, touched by their kindness, may have begun to change their ways.
Mary’s friends and supporters came from everywhere. Rich and poor, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and agnostic, they all became part of Mary’s mission to the poorest. Marists at St Patrick’s Church Hill championed and worked with her.
Jesus, help me to see the people I meet as you see them and to treat them as you would.Email this Print This Page