Both the spiritual doctor and physical doctor want the best for their patients, Archbishop Charles Scicluna told the faithful on Sunday while delivering his homily at the mass celebrated at Divine Mercy Sanctuary at Naxxar on Divine Mercy Sunday.
During his homily, Mgr Scicluna explained that whenever he goes to the doctor, especially for blood tests results, he does not expect good news and gets reprimanded by his doctor. He continued to explain that his doctor does not withhold the truth from him, because he is the Archbishop while the doctor tells him the truth. Drawing on this analogy, Mgr Scicluna explained that likewise the priest, the spiritual doctor, shows the truth to the faithful.
Understanding the Paschal Candle
Referencing the book of the Apocalypse, the Archbishop reminded those gathered that the author wrote “And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,”, he then proceeded to explain the symbolism of the Paschal Candle. Mgr Scicluna explained that five grains of incense are inserted into the candle in the form of a cross which recall his five wounds, the source of our salvation.
‘I admire St Thomas’
Speaking about St Thomas, Mgr Scicluna said that he admires him, for he is intelligent. Archbishop Scicluna explained that the apostle was skeptical however he knew that the Risen Christ would have the wounds which he wanted to see and feel, commenting that St Thomas knew that Christ would carry these wounds forever.
He retold the faithful that Jesus invited St Thomas to touch His wounds, quoting “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
The Archbishop likened the wounds to doors and wounds through which one could see God’s heart.
Mgr Scicluna invited those who have the opportunity to visit the Medieval and Renaissance art collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He referred to a bronze bust of Jesus which was made in Florence and dates back to around the 15th Century, explaining that Jesus is seen opening His wounds further. The symbolism, the Archbishop explained, is that the Lord not only shows one his wounds, but opens them further for one to see and come closer to Him. Mgr Scicluna explained that whoever comes in contact with the Lord’s mercy, comes in contact with his wounds. Explaining that sin leaves a lot of wounds on a person, these wounds are healed through the Lord’s mercy.
The mass started at 5.30pm and was celebrated at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary (Ġesù Ħniena Divina) at San Pawl tat-Tarġa, Naxxar.
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