Fr Thomas’ Reflection for the Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Mary is good for me    

Life is full of UFOs – Un-Finished Objectives.  There is always a long shopping list. ‘I want a new car, I want to buy a bigger, better house, I want this, I want that’.  The list is unending.  It seems to say that ‘what you buy is what you are’.  People are so crazy after luxury goods and it is making people anxious, worried, and fatigued.  In this race to satisfy self-appetite you forget to appreciate the real joy in life.  If you can walk on to the street and greet someone with a smile and a kind word, it would give a lot more joy than a racing car.  More people would be saying what a beautiful person you are because of your kindness to them than any high-end fashion pieces you wear.  A good examination of conscience and a prayer will give you much better sleep than any sleeping pill would.

There is much more to life than satisfying your self-appetite.  Human life, as it is God given, is meant to reach out to others in love and compassion.  Life is too precious to be confined to a few luxuries. Looking through the dollar glasses you will not see the true colour of life.  Jesus in his sermon on the Mount said, “So do not worry; do not say, “What are we to eat?  What are we to drink? What are we to wear?”  Your heavenly Father knows you need them all.  Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice,  and all these other things will be given you as well”. (Ref Matthew 6:25-34)

Today, 8th August is the feast of somebody who was wise enough to make her life truly rich and memorable.  It is Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.  Her life was so full and real that her name is not forgotten even over a century after her death.  Through works of charity and trusting prayers, she won favour before humans and God.  Though she was never short of troubles and deprivations, Mary’s life was made up of goodness.  The way she witnessed to God’s goodness is good for me.  How about you?