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AUGUST 8. Sun. St. Mary McKillop. Mt 6. 25-34

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, for all his worrying, add one single cubit to his span of life? And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these. Now if that is how God clothes the grass in the field which is there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will he not much more look after you, you men of little faith? So do not worry; do not say, “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? How are we to be clothed?” It is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’


Saint Mary McKillop; - Australia’s first and only canonised saint; - who suffered enormously, with her Bishop working against her in the early days of Australian settlement; - so how appropriate the beautiful reading from the Gospel today; - from the Sermon on the Mount?


How often Mary must have reflected on this reading as she journeyed around Australia on horseback, reflecting on all her struggles; -


“I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, for all his worrying, add one single cubit to his span of life? And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these”


Mary is a wonderful example of someone who lived these words; - but how easily we forget they are words addressed equally to us today; - and they are particularly relevant given we are in the midst of Australia’s worst pandemic; - a once in a lifetime experience, we never would have imagined we would see in this country; - but it is not only here; - as it is wreaking havoc in every country of the world.


“So, do not worry; do not say, ‘What are we to eat? What are we to drink? How are we to be clothed?’ It is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’.


When in the midst of suffering and trials these words of Christ require no addition and no expansion; - he has told us what to do while enduring trials and difficulties; - to trust in him and his love; - remembering that on this earth only one thing matters; - to do and to embrace the will of our Creator!


Nothing else matters! Were Christ to end the world tomorrow, we should still give thanks; - acknowledging it is his world, and his will! Who are we to desire or seek something different?


“Jesus, I Trust In You!”


Gospel Acclamation Mt 27:55


Alleluia, alleluia!

Many women were there by the cross, watching from a distance,

the same women who had followed Jesus and looked after him.

Alleluia!




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