Like the three Magi, we should seek God with a pure heart, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said on Sunday.
Delivering his homily Mass on the feast of the Epiphany, Archbishop Charles Scicluna urged the faithful to seek God with a pure heart as they open it to Him.
During the Mass held at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, the Archbishop appointed Seminarians as lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
The feast of the Epiphany which is traditionally known as the visit of the Three Kings, marks the visit of these distinguished foreigners to Jesus after his birth bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
After the Gospel reading, Easter was announced, marking the end of the Christmas period.
Reflecting on visit of the Three Kings, Archbishop Scicluna noted how Herod the Great was interested in finding out where the son of God would be born. He remarked that the king was confused and angry, and sought to find answers to his questions with an impure heart.
On the other hand, the Magi followed the star to find Jesus. They were filled with joy. Both Herod the Great and the Three Kings were looking for something but with a different heart, Archbishop Scicluna noted.
They were possibly shocked upon their arrival to find the Messiah born into such poverty, Mgr Scicluna remarked.
Reflecting on the story, the Archbishop underlined the importance of reading the Word of God with a pure heart.
Addressing the newly appointed lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Archbishop Scicluna urged them to view their path not as a competition, highlighting that obedience is their star which will lead them on their path.
Seminarians Gylan Camilleri, Ian Diacono and Clive Seychell were appointed as lectors while seminarians Sean Abela and Jean Claude Attard were appointed as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.