Thursday 8 August 2019

About Today Readings

St Mary Of The Cross Mackillop

1 Kings 17:8-16. Colossians 3:12-17. Psalm 31(32):1-5, 7-8. Matthew 6:2534.

Into your hands, O Lord, I entrust my spirit – Psalm 31(32):1-5, 7-8.

‘Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness.’

Mary MacKillop lived with radical faith and trust, inspiring hope in entire generations of people. This dynamic woman found life in the call of Jesus, devoting herself to the needs of others, especially the downtrodden, poor and forgotten.

She never lost sight of the personal invitation at the heart of today’s gospel, to strive first for the kingdom of God. She proclaimed it and built it up with her Sisters of St Joseph bringing education and relief to the poor. Mary and her companions would see a need, discern a response, and act with love and trust in God. Her letters tell of her fidelity in trial and challenge, joy and consolation. Her courage in the face of persecution is legendary.

Let us look to Mary MacKillop and learn from her as a model of faith, love and generosity. Like her, may we find our joy in God’s presence.

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