Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
According to Archbishop Charles Scicluna, one can summarise Jesus’ Maundy Thursday message in one word – love.
Mons. Scicluna referred the Jesus’ words in his homily for the Maundy Thursday mass. “For I have given you an example that you also should do as I have done to you,” said Mgr. Scicluna as he quoted from today’s Gospel verses.
Archbishop Scicluna explained that due to the circumstances surrounding this year’s Maundy Thursday celebrations, the traditional Washing of the Feet was not going to take place. However, he urged people to experience the significance of the ceremony in their daily lives. He urged the people to pray to the Lord for him to remind them to care for the most vulnerable members of society.
Mgr. Scicluna sent his regards to those who were currently hospitalised, in homes for the elderly, in youth rehabilitation centres, and in prison. He said that there are people dedicating their lives to guarantee the security of the various residents of these institutions.
He urged people to think about all those working in Mater Dei and the Gozo General hospitals as they cared for patients.
The Archbishop also spoke of vocations. He reminded those following the mass that Jesus created the institution of priesthood. According to Mgr. Scicluna, priests aren’t more special than other people. He said that priests were selected by God to offer the Eucharist.
“We are living in times when priests can’t deliver the Eucharist to their people as they wished. We are inviting people to join us in spirit through different means of communication,” said Mgr. Scicluna. He urged people to pray so that they will soon meet in churches sooner rather than later.
According to Mgr. Scicluna, people will then be able to reconcile their relationship with the Lord through the sacrament of confession.
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