Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
“We will have the best Christmas when we welcome and are generous with Jesus and our brothers and sisters.”
This is how Archbishop Charles J Scicluna concludes his homily during mass celebrating the solemn occasion of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mgr. Scicluna starts by asking “What does it mean to celebrate Christmas this year?”
He notes the importance of Verse 14 of the Gospel of John, declaring that God “became flesh and lived and dwell amongst us and we have his glory full of grace and truth.”
Mgr. Scicluna then defines grace as “gratuitous love”, that is love for love’s sake, and truth as “the basis for fidelity, loyalty and commitment.”
Jesus gave his life for us all as he is the embodiment of love and truth.
The Archbishop explains that the scriptures tell us how Jesus went through rejection, and that when we reject our brothers and sisters, we are rejecting Jesus, and that we should welcome them in order to also welcome Jesus within us.
The Archbishop also lauds and quotes St Augustine with “I am afraid that Jesus would be visiting me, and I will lose the opportunity to receive him.”