Watch: “Good politics is when a politician serves everyone” – Archbishop

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Good politics is when a politician serves everyone, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said on Sunday.

Delivering his homily at the Basilica of Christ the King in Paola on the occasion of the liturgical feast of Christ the King, Archbishop Scicluna reflected on Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Fratelli Tutti” focusing on the Holy Father’s teachings regarding politics.

Good politics serves everyone, Archbishop Scicluna said, noting that when a government builds a new road, it is there to serve everyone. “If a politician does what he does to secure votes, if he seeks to please everyone, then he might be serving his community,” Mgr Scicluna.

He explained that “good” politics helps people to grow and become critical, it also stimulates those who have an idea which could improve the lives of others, will come forward. He stressed on the importance of dialogue and having a wide vision and an open mind.

Referring to comments on social media, Archbishop Scicluna urged the faithful to think before they act, before they post or like something on social media.

He also spoke about the need to confront situations with a sense of humility and realism, in order to foster dialogue. “Pope Francis urges us to dialogue with one another, to listen to each other, to understand. He also warned us about certain behaviour which does not help dialogue,” he explained, adding that seeking revenge is not a solution.

“Love requires us to refrain from building walls”

Archbishop Scicluna explained that in his encyclical letter on fraternity and social friendship, the Holy Father reflects on the dark clouds as well as offers paths of hope.

Jesus considers each and every person as his brother and sister, he makes no distinction between one person and another, Mgr Scicluna explained, adding that on Judgement Day, people will be judged on the basis of love. He stressed that one should not give up on humanity, as God continues to sow good in our hearts. ‘Goodness, justice and solidarity are not empty words, Pope Francis wants them to be on our daily agenda,’ Mgr Scicluna told the faithful.

Archbishop Scicluna noted that Pope Francis reflected on the parable of the Good Samaritan in his encyclical letter and urged us to imitate him in our daily life. Mgr Scicluna noted that many a time, when we speak about someone else, there is a tendency to ask who they are, and our response would depend on the answer to such a question.

In his letter, Pope Francis says: ‘Love also impels us towards universal communion. No one can mature or find fulfilment by withdrawing from others. By its very nature, love calls for growth in openness and the ability to accept others as part of a continuing adventure that makes every periphery converge in a greater sense of mutual belonging. As Jesus told us: “You are all brothers” (Mt 23:8).’

On the occasion of Christ the King, we are celebrating Jesus as the pries who serves the community and as the person who builds bridges, Archbishop Scicluna said.

“Love requires us not to build walls when welcoming others and Pope Francis challenges us to welcome everyone,” Archbishop Scicluna explained saying that for us it does not only include foreigners but it also includes those who take a perilous journey across the Central Mediterranean in search for a better life. Malta’s request for solidarity from other countries and the European Union is justified, however, we cannot close our hearts to these people who are in danger of dying, Archbishop Scicluna highlighted.

“Pope Francis urges us to welcome everybody,” Mgr Scicluna said.

In his encyclical letter, the Holy Father writes: “There is always the factor of “gratuitousness”: the ability to do some things simply because they are good in themselves, without concern for personal gain or recompense. Gratuitousness makes it possible for us to welcome the stranger, even though this brings us no immediate tangible benefit. Some countries, though, presume to accept only scientists or investors.”

Archbishop Scicluna will deliver his message following the evening prayer.

For this year’s celebration, a small delegation from each parish church has been invited to attend.

Mass was streamed live on Knisja.mt and Newsbook.com.mt.