Goodwill or hostility towards others affect Jesus himself – Archbishop

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that the religious community is represented by Jesus himself. All acts of goodwill and hostility towards others are also acts that affect Jesus himself.

Mgr Scicluna said this during the mass celebrating the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, in the Mdina Cathedral. While delivering his homily, he said that St. Paul arrived in Malta along with 275 other people, and that the Maltese greeted him, thereby greeting Jesus.

The Archbishop recalled the way that Paul met Jesus. As Paul neared Damascus on his journey, he heard a voice asking him: “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul asks: “Who are you, Lord?” “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting”.

Archbishop Scicluna wondered how many times Paul had reflected on this exchange. In such an exchange, what we can conclude is that when someone persecutes the Church, the community of faith, Jesus says: “you are persecuting me”. In this way, he creates an affinity with the religious community.

Mgr Scicluna went on to say that Jesus does not tell Saul what to do; he simply points him towards the right direction, entrusting the Christian community to tell Saul what to do. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The Archbishop stated the beauty of appreciating how Jesus wishes us to discover him and the mission he has entrusted us with via the Church, on the occasion of St. Paul’s conversion.

He concluded the homily by asking that everyone pray that the conversion of St. Paul leave us with a sense of unity amongst us.