This month, Chris Skinner SM, presents a thoughtful reflection on Matariki, and the stars that hold significance for us as Christians and New Zealanders.
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Begin with Prayer, then read Psalm 8:
O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth!
You have exalted your majesty above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of newborn babes and infants you have brought forth praise
as a bulwark against your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look up at your heavens that have been formed by your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
You have made him a little less than the angels and crowned him with glory and honour.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands and placed everything under his feet:
all sheep and oxen as well as the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
and whatever swims in the paths of the sea. O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth!
Read the Scripture again to yourself. Notice how you feel.
Share a word, phrase, or sense that touches you.
Listen to the Reflection or Read the Script.
Ponder this Marist Moment:
“At the start of our enterprise, things were very hazy. The whole of creation was against us, we lacked everything. We had to rely on God alone; there was only Him. On the other hand, I felt impelled to this work, not by the ardor of youth, but by an impulse that I felt came from above. It was that which gave me the habit of praying always and for everything.”
J.C. Colin Marist Founder
These questions can be used as a guide for your sharing
How did you mark the first public holiday of Matariki?
How do you think you can grow in appreciation of what this day means?
Have you ever found yourself staring up into the night sky at the stars? What does it invoke in you?
Does the Southern Cross hold significance for you? In what ways?
As Catholics we remember our beloved dead on All Souls Day. In what other ways do you remember, and honour loved ones who have died in the past year?
If you are a gardener, what significance does the planting of crops and flowers hold for you?
One of Mary’s titles is ‘Star of the Sea’. What does this title mean for you or how does this title impact on your relationship with her?
In the light of Matariki read aloud the Canticle of Daniel 3:57-88
What words touch you specifically? Perhaps you can share with each other that significance.
What do you understand by the interconnectedness of all things?
Pray with and for each other then conclude with this prayer.
God our Creator, guide us in our days
Strengthen us through our years
May we learn from those gone before us,
and plant for those yet to come.
May the ‘Yes’ of Mary live on in us
in the way we live and care for our world and those we share it with.