Keeping it Real – A Reflection on St Mary of the Cross‘Let us thank God we are as we are’ (1874)When our daughter was a little baby, we bought a plastic measuring jug for her formula. Fresh to parenthood, we wanted to get things ‘right’ and we diligently mixed and measured. We were so keen to nurture this new little life that had been entrusted to us. Because it helped us so well in our new role, the jug became one of our favourite things. As baby turned into toddler, it turned into a toy that could be happily banged against any surface without breaking.
Today, however, it’s a bit worse for wear. It now has no handle, and there is a chunk missing from the rim. We find it handy as an ‘ironing’ jug, a pot plant waterer. It is one item we know we could never throw away as it means something to us.
Our jug holds many memories of family love and the small moments that have made us who we are. It speaks of the sacredness of the ordinary, of the many ways that grace comes into our world. It helps us to ‘look back a little and see what our good God has done for us’ St Mary MacKillop (1880). St Mary of the Cross, who was described as a saint of ‘ordinariness’ would understand why it means so much to us.
Thank-you to the Year 6 Social Justice Committee and Fr Bernie for leading us in the Mass to celebrate St Mary MacKillop on Wednesday. The students have been learning more about the life of Mary MacKillop this week during their Religious Education lessons.