St Mary Mackillop

“Do not worry about tomorrow: your holy Father knows your needs”
Matthew 6: 25-34

We know Mother Mary MacKillop as Australia’s first saint, who was beatified in 1995 at Randwick in a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II. She was canonised in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican on 2010. But Mary faced many troubles and tests of her faith in her time on earth. She was persecuted by her local bishop, who excommunicated her. She had to travel to Rome to have her Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart order recognised by the Pope at a time when such a trip was difficult and dangerous. But Mother Mary said, “Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them bravely, remembering Whom you are trying to follow. Do not be afraid.”

How do we face our troubles? Do we listen to Jesus and Mother Mary MacKillop who say, “Do not worry about tomorrow: your holy Father knows your needs”? If we are full of the peace of God, when everyone around us is stressed and overcome by bad news, we will be a sign of hope to others. Our peace and trust in God are what will attract people to our faith, not just our words.