Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Eliminating the spiritual dimension and concentrating only on the economic or material aspects of life leaves bad consequences. Therefore, a moral revolution is needed which will help us discover the mystical element of our lives or the feeling of God’s presence in our lives.
This was the central message of the homily preached by Bishop Mario Grech, Wednesday evening, at Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, Gozo to celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven and the conclusion of the Marian year celebrated by the Gozo Diocese.
Mgr. Grech emphasised that if we concentrate only on the material dimensions of life we will sadly regret this choice which means that Malta will continue to develop and grow without a soul. He explained that by committing to Christianity, a revolution will be triggered. The Bishop added that a true Christian is not he who has only heard of God, but he who is aware of God’s presence in his life; knowing that God will always be close.
God is present in us every day
The Bishop of Gozo explained that God is present in our daily lives. Although sometimes this presence is anonymous and not well-felt, God’s presence pushes us to connect with him as He never leaves us.
He added that we connect with God not only in a temple or Church, but in our day-to-day living. There is, he said, a continuum between our experience with God during Mass and the Sacraments to our contact with God in our daily experiences.
Mgr. Grech prayed for the guidance of Our Lady since a mystical life is still “Marian”. Mary not only opens are eyes to a mystical experience but holds our hand as we enter the profound experience of God.
Hope can be restored by being mystical
The number of people who feel spiritually lost is increasing, said Gozo’s Bishop. He added that this could be solved by showing the witness of the experiences of others who have enjoyed personal moments with God. The Bishop stated that a true Christian is a person who seeks to be mystical, that is ‘with’ God. He quoted Pope Francis who said that hope around the world can be restored by mystical individuals and societies.
The Bishop, describing himself as a pilgrim and a shepherd, concluded the homily by praying Mary to help us integrate faith with our daily lives.