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Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said that martyrs teach us that the grace of God does not come cheap, because it is not “low cost”.
During his homily at the mass that was celebrated at St. George’s Basilica in Victoria, on the feast of St. George the Martyr, Bishop Grech explained how the grace of God was brought for us with Christ’s blood. He added that whilst from one end martyrs honour Christianity because they stuck to their guns and preferred to die than live a life without God, they also humiliate Christianity and its celebrations because they shed the mask of Christian hypocrisy and unveiled spiritual poverty.
The Gozo Bishop explained that death spares nobody and said that those that accumulate worldly possessions prefer to stay alive because they cannot convey anything with them when they pass.
“Martyrs does not ask for anything not even the glory of martyrdom”
Mons. Grech then made reference to the passage from T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral; “Martyrdom is always the design of God, for His love of men, to warn them and to lead them, to bring them back to His ways. It is never the design of man; for the true martyr is he who has become the instrument of God, who has lost his will in the will of God, and who no longer desires anything for himself, not even the glory of being a martyr.”
He explained how St. George was not a strong soldier and not a low cost Christian, and how this brought him to dedicate his life to God. He added that many are those christians that fall in the low cost category because they are not committed to surrender themselves to God.
What is white martyrdom?
Bishop Grech then talked about white martyrdom, and referred to the teachings of the Timothy Radcliffe who explained white martyrdom as that teacher who prepares an excellent lesson so that he is able to transmit as much knowledge as possible to his students.