Lunes, 07 de noviembre de 2016

Continuando su visita pastoral a Malawi, el Cardenal Fernando Filoni ha celebrado la misa en la parroquia de San Patricio, en Lilongwe, en la tarde del domingo, 6 de noviembre luego ha realizado un breve discurso a los laicos.

Visit of His Eminence Card. Filoni to Malawi

3-7 November 2016

Homily at St. Patrick’s Parish, Lilongwe, Malawi

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Life in Christ 


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is a joy to be back with you here in Lilongwe after serving as the Holy Father’s Special Envoy on the occasion of the Consecration of the Cathedral in Karonga, which took place yesterday. I would like to take this opportunity to convey to all of you once again the greeting and Apostolic Blessing of His Holiness Pope Francis. To His Excellency, the Most Rev. Tarcisius Ziyaye, Archbishop of Lilongwe, I greet and thank you and your support staff for all the efforts in coordinating my time in Lilongwe, as well as for the gracious welcome. I once again express my appreciation to His Excellency, the Most Rev. Julio Murat, Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi, for all the hard work in organizing this visit. To all here present, throughout these days in Malawi, I have truly enjoyed meeting you, listening to you and speaking with you. I am honored to be able to pray with you again today as we celebrate the Sacred Mysteries.

In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks about the ‘God of the living, not of the dead.’ Through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God entered into a covenant family relationship with his people. Through our Baptism we entered into that same covenant and became the children of God. Since we are now members of the same family, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is “also the God with my name, with your name…with our names. The God of the living!”[1] He is truly our God.[2]

Jesus is a living God, present to us and in a relationship with us. “He himself is the Covenant, he himself is the Life and the Resurrection.”[3] Our union with him means that he who is the Life draws us into a new life in him. Our life in Christ is meant to bring about a peace and joy so powerful that it can overcame any difficulty. Jesus knows that many Malawians struggle with poverty, tribal divisions and hostilities, as well as temptations to witchcraft. However, if we remain alive in Christ, he will bring about unity and solidarity, for his love seeks to heal and unite. We can be confident that “He accompanies each one of us with his eternal faithfulness.”[4] He will never leave us and his love and Mercy are always near to us, especially in the Sacraments and in our common bonds of friendship.

My dear brothers and sisters, it is good to be with you today as we, once again, encounter the living God, Jesus Christ, in the Word, in the Holy Eucharist and in each other. May His love give us the strength to overcome the challenges before us and make us ever more eager to share that same love with others. We have a responsibility to share the Good News with others because we live in the faith and hope of a God who “continually amazes us with his love and with his mercy.”[5] May the intercession of Our Lady of Africa and the great African Saints keep you always rooted in that same love and always desirous of God’s abundant mercy. God bless you!

[1] Pope Francis, Angelus, 10 November 2013.

[2] Cf. ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

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