Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that we have every reason to rejoice because “we are evidence of the inexhaustible patience of the Lord.” Archbishop Scicluna was reflecting on Sunday’s liturgical readings during Mass he celebrated for the Maltese community in Brussels.
When he commented on the three parables narrated during the Gospel reading, Mgr. Scicluna said that Jesus instead of condemning sinners, understands them as persons who are lost and need to be found.
“All parables end with a big party”
The Archbishop noted that all three parables – the shepherd and the lost sheep, the woman and the drachma, and the Prodigal Son – end with a big party.
“So it’s not a question of sitting on a tribunal and giving out a sentence or punishment, it is about embracing a person who was lost and putting up a party to say: ‘I have found you, we have found each other’. That is what reconciliation means.”
“I myself am the greatest of sinners”
The Archbishop said that he was moved by the autobiographical note St Pauls pens to Timothy in the Second Reading. Paul describes himself as “the greatest of sinners” adding that “if mercy has been shown to me, it is because Jesus Christ meant to make me the greatest evidence of his inexhaustible patience for all the other people”.
Mgr. Scicluna concluded that we are evidence of the inexhaustible patience of the Lord and consequently we have every reason to rejoice.