Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi elaborated on the work carried out by Peace Lab Malta, saying that the Church is now enriched as a result. Mgr Galea-Curmi co-celebrated mass with Friar Dijonisju Mintoff at the Chapel at Peace Lab in Ħal Far on the occasion of the baptism of Jesus. Brother Mintoff had founded the Peace Lab 48 years ago following an appeal to the world to reflect on peace launched by Pope John XXIII.
During his homily Mgr Galea-Curmi spoke of the baptism of Jesus, and explained how one might find it strange that Jesus chose to be baptised during his first days in public life and went to John the Baptist. He explained how water was chosen by John as it cleanses life and gives life, with people coming forward to be baptised. He explained to those present, that while people confessed their sins, Jesus chose to be baptised in order to liberate men for their sins, in turn giving a new meaning to baptism. Mgr Galea-Curmi stated that this set men free from their sins. Recalling, the baptism of Jesus, the Bishop told those present how God’s voice was heard saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased”.
Speaking of one’s baptism, Mgr Galea-Curmi explained how one’s parents choose to baptise their children, which is then confirmed later on in life through Confirmation, saying that the parents’ choice is in the best interest of the child.
He reminded how one is called on to live their baptism explaining that with baptism, God gives scope to our lives. When one lives their baptism, one is able to make personal decisions which would be witness of one’s faith. Baptism, the Auxiliary Bishop reiterated helps one to choose good over evil, helps one in their daily lives through the choice of word and action towards others irrespective of origins. Mgr Galea-Curmi explained that one would take into consideration every one given that each individual is created in God’s image.
Mgr Galea-Curmi reminded that baptism is also lived through being active members of the Church and shouldering one’s responsibilities.
Speaking of the Peace Lab, Galea-Curmi said that it is witness of the Church’s teachings, as it works for peace and helps those who are suffering most, those he explained that escaped from their countries and have now found refuge here. The Auxiliary Bishop explained how one recognised Christ in these people, quoting “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”.