Watch: “No person should end up on the scrap heap of history”

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Auxiliary Archbishop Joseph Galea-Curmi delivered a homily that was centred on acceptance, respect and dignity towards others, particularly displaced individuals, victims of trafficking and refugees on the occasion of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

Emblems of Exclusion

Referring to Pope Francis’ words “migrants, refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking have become emblems of exclusion,” Mgr Galea-Curmi spoke on how they are also considered lesser than others and the source of “society’s ills”. He described that such an attitude is warning us of our moral decline.

Our Fears

He talked about the recent historical developments and how they have unveiled our fear of those whom we do not know.

The problem is conditioning our way of thinking when these needy persons come to ask us for help. We are becoming closed, intolerant and “even racist”, when we are actually created mirroring God’s image.

The Auxiliary Bishop added that this was clearly articulated by the Diocesan Synod of Malta sixteen years ago in a message to us Maltese: “Racism is a structure of sin that is in contradiction with the belief that we are all created equal in the Creator’s image.” (Diakonia and Justice, 21).

Compassion enriches us

During his homily, Mgr Galea-Curmi also discussed compassion and how it “enriches us and increases our humanity.”

He said that compassion to the vulnerable reveals our sensitivity and our true humanity.

Reference was also made to the words of Jesus Christ who asks us not to yield to the prevalent logic of the world, which justifies injustice to others for my own gain or that of my group. “Me first, and then the others if anything is left over!” Jesus asks us to strive to overcome this indifference towards our neighbours which leads to viewing them in purely economic terms that leads to their exploitation.

The auxiliary bishop stressed that it is through migrants specially the vulnerable ones, that God is calling us to conversion. He wants us to be set free from exclusivity, indifference and the throw‑away culture. Through them, the Lord invites us to embrace fully our Christian life and to contribute, each according to his or her proper vocation, to the building up of a world that is more and more in accord with God’s plan.

Mgr Galea-Curmi also mentioned how the Church in Malta has been helping these persons “in silence for the past 70 years. Reference was also made to the “priceless and essential” work that is being done by the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Laboratory of Peace and other volunteers.

Mass is being celebrated on the occasion of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

Read also: Migrants, refugees, IDPs, victims of trafficking have become emblems of exclusion – Pope Francis

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