• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Saturday, 07 August 2021 14:21

The Solemnity of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop - 2021

Written by Fr Prakash Menezes SVD

 

Solemnity of St Mary of the Cross

Year B

Readings: 1 Kings 17:8-16; Colossians 3:12-17; Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry

Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150A classic from Jesus today in the Gospel, the reassuring words, “So do not worry!” As we are celebrating the Solemnity of St Mary of the Cross today, the readings chosen for this celebration tell us of the life of Mary Mackillop, who in her life went through challenges and struggles but kept her faith alive in God and left the worries with God as well.

It is natural for us to worry about things. We worry about what is going to happen next, will we be able to finish what we have begun, will we be healthy tomorrow, will there be enough of things/rations for our survival during these uncertain times, etc., etc.! And, quite often, most of our time goes into these worries and we develop all kinds of tensions and stress. That is why Jesus says, do not worry.

I am fascinated with one of these anecdotes about worry, it is attributed to the Irish (any surprises?):

Why Worry? An Irish Philosophy.

In life, there are only two things to worry about—

Either you are well or you are sick.

If you are well, there is nothing to worry about,

If you are sick, there are only two things to worry about—

Either you will get well or you will die.

If you get well, there is nothing to worry about,

If you die, there are only two things to worry about—

Either you will go to heaven or hell.

If you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about.

If you go to hell, you’ll be so busy shaking hands with all your friends

You won’t have time to worry!

So why worry?

I think this proverb does summarise the question of worry so well (please don’t quote me on the hell part of it though!) it is in a way tells us; worry does not help us in our life! Yes, we need to plan things and organise the events for tomorrow, but worrying about it, whether it will go well, whether things will turn out ok, and so on and so forth, does not change anything that is going to happen. We need to be prepared with our planning and be ready to face the challenges as they come instead of wasting our time just worrying. Our heavenly Father knows our needs, so let us set our hearts on God’s reign first and in God’s righteousness and everything else will fall into place.

We are called to live our life fully today, relish each moment of our being, stop and smell the roses, and live a life that is not directed by worry but by the grace of God. Amen.

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