L-Isqof ta' Għawdex Mario Grech

Ittra Pastorali tal-E.T. Mons. Mario Grech Isqof ta’ Għawdex fl-okkażjoni tal-festa ta’ Marija Mtellgħa s-Sema 2015

DUWA TAL-ĦNIENA GĦALL-FAMILJA  

Il-familja: bejta ta’ kenn u mħabba

  1. Meta filgħaxija l-qamar fiddien jibda jilma fis-sema sajfi, niftakar f’dawk li wara jum ta’ ħidma jkunu qed jirritornaw lejn djarhom. Ħafna jiftħu l-bieb u jsibu l-familja li magħha jaqsmu l-ferħ u s-sodisfazzjon li jkunu ġarrbu matul il-jum. L-għożża u l-għaqda tal-familja tnessihom it-toqol tal-għeja u tad-diffikultajiet tal-ġurnata u timliehom b’enerġija ġdida għall-jum tal-għada.

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Can the Biblical God be violent?

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Usually people rightly object: “How come that God, who is so merciful, kills people in the bible?”

If one carefully reads the thorny texts of, for instance, the Flood (Gn 6); the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gn 19); the death of the firstborn in Egypt, the complete destruction of Egypt’s army (Ex 7-13); the command to kill full armies and cities during the conquest (Nm 21:1-13; Jos 6:21; 8:22-25; 1 Sm 15:3); as well as human sacrifices (Lv 20:2-5; 2 Kgs 16: 3; 21:6) one naturally gets the impression that these texts seem to portray a God who is behaving against his own nature by executing men, women, and children, and directing others to do likewise. Continue reading

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The Sweet Smell of Love and the Stench of Greed

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I have always been fascinated by John 12:1-8. I like it for its powerful irony.

This episode recounts the story when Jesus came to Bethany at the house of Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. Martha served as usual. Whereas Mary “took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment” (John 12:3). Judas Isacriot was appalled by Mary’s gesture. He put on the mask of the generous one: “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” (John 12:5). But the Lord unmasked his hypocritical attitude and told him squarely: “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me” (John 12:7-8). Continue reading

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The medicine of welcoming

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Welcome!Merħba! Such a small and insignificant word. However its ramifications are enermous! If the word welcome helps you start the day with a nice taste how much more will its spirit operate wonders in you and me!  Welcome! When it is meant and not simply uttered from a malicious heart it works miracles in deed! Do we need to be welcomed? Have a look at our own family to see how much we are greatly in need of it. Let alone in the Church, God’s family and ours too! Continue reading