Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna prayed that hearts are softened and that people become more compassionate towards asylum seekers and refugees both living in Malta and those who are still out at sea and have taken the perilous journey in search for a better life.
During a scaled down service on Easter Sunday due to the coronavirus outbreak in Malta Archbishop Scicluna prayed to the Lord so that people’s attitude towards migrants is softened and a more compassionate approach is adopted.
The Archbishop also prayed for Pope Francis and all the administrators within the Church as well as the heads of state who are leading the nations during this global pandemic. He prayed for those who have contracted the virus and the sick around the world.
The disciplinary forces were also remembered during the prayers, with the Archbishop praying for them so that they foster a great sense of justice while at the same time provide the security which puts everyone’s mind at rest. He prayed for the elderly who have been asked to remain home in a measure aimed at protecting the most vulnerable in our society since the elderly were more likely to lose the fight against coronavirus. He also remembered the elderly who are residing at care homes and have not received any visits due to the outbreak.
Archbishop Scicluna prayed for the youths who were finding it difficult to remain at home so that sense of civic responsibility towards one’s community is felt.
He also prayed for those who have died in particular the ones who lost their life due to coronavirus and have left this world alone due to the current circumstances.
During his homily, Archbishop Scicluna also spoke about the need to view the current global pandemic and its repercussions on our lives as an invitation from the Lord to reset our lives and an opportunity to purify ourselves.
Delivering the homily on Easter Sunday, Archbishop Scicluna reflected on today’s Gospel reading and how it applied to the current situation.