Tuesday 8 August 2017

About Today Readings

Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Judith 8:11-17, 28-31 / Colossians 3:12-17. Psalm 31(32):1-5, 7-8. Matthew 6:25-34.

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

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. 



‘Set your hearts on his kingdom first and his saving justice.’

Mary MacKillop, from an early age, set her heart on God. She initially thought of a penitential form of religious life, but Julian Tennison Woods showed her how her skills as a teacher and leader could be used in following Jesus. Her early experience of providing for her family grounded her and led to a sensible, practical approach.

What was radical, though, was her determination to trust in Divine Providence and to make this a hallmark of the Josephites.

She inspired them to look for the areas of greatest need and to fashion a response out of what was available.

Jesus, this is still radical. Inspire and encourage me to follow you and live in this way.


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