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Gozo Bishop Anton Teuma drew from Jesus’ initial efforts at preaching as he addressed catechists at a Lectio Divina in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Loreto in Għajnsielem on Wednesday.
The event was held in preparation for the reopening of the Gozo Diocese’s Catechism Centres which is set to take place next week.
The Bishop reflected on when, as the Gospel of Luke recounts, Jesus read a passage from the Book of Isaiah in the Nazareth synagogue, only to be rejected by his hometown’s community. The people in the synagogue even took him to a cliff in order to throw him off.
“All this because Jesus, in the shortest homily ever read out – ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing’ – was inviting the audience not just to listen to the words, but to apply them in their own life,” he maintained.
“The poor, the blind and the oppressed mentioned in the passage read out by Jesus could be the families and children who attend catechism classes,” the Bishop explained to the catechists. He highlighted how this was Jesus’ first catechism at the start of his mission, a call which leads to conversion.
The Bishop added that each catechist needed to understand that the mission entrusted to them was not just another job, but the very experience of a Christian life in which they learn and teach, in which they get to know Christ and help others know him.