Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
“This year we experienced the great witness of love by so many frontliners who gave a beautiful, generous and heroic response to the pandemic that struck us without warning, a rough setback that will not easily be forgotten,” Archbishop Charles Scicluna said in his Christmas message on Thursday, as he imparted on them the Lord’s blessing, and, on behalf of every one of us, show them our appreciation.
In The Birth of the Divine Physician, Archbishop Scicluna reflected on 2020 which was marked by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Who knows how many times during the past few months we asked ourselves: where is God in all this? Today we gaze at the baby in the manger of Bethlehem and his reply through a sad cry tells us: “I am here with you and for you. I am God made man. I am God with you, Emmanuel”,” he said.
Archbishop Scicluna referred to an occasion when Jesus used the image of himself as a physician, adding that over the past months the community drew nearer to doctors and nurses, the health authorities, medical staff and others in elderly residential homes and other realities that were all faced with difficult trials.
Christmas should also bring a spiritual healing
Christmas should bring us spiritual healing, besides bringing us physical healing, the Archbishop said.
“To heal us the Lord does not send a physician but a baby,” he explained.
“Physicians are essential, and the Lord continues to endow them with wisdom and health. But when this baby from Bethlehem grows to become the Lord Jesus, he tells us that whatever we do to the least of our brothers, we do it to him (cf Mt 25:40). He is so close to us that he is also one of us,” Archbishop Scicluna said.
“Whoever can take the vaccine should do so”
Archbishop Scicluna urged those who can take the coronavirus vaccine to do so. Many are excited for the upcoming year.
One of the Covid-19 vaccines has been earlier approved by the European health authorities and its distribution is scheduled to begin on Saturday. The first to receive it according to the government vaccination roll out plan are frontliners.
“We need to co-operate with the health authorities as this is a concrete expression of love. Whoever can take the vaccine should do so, as in this way we will be protecting not only ourselves but also our brethren who due to various circumstances may not be able to take the vaccine,” Archbishop Scicluna said.
He also highlighted the importance of lessons learnt throughout the pandemic.
Archbishop Scicluna also remembered the family of Covid-19 victims in his Christmas message.
The full message may be found here.