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TALB TA' PAPA FRANGISKU F'MUMENT STRAORDINARJU - 27 ta' MARZU 2020
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MUMENT STRAORDINARJU TA’ TALB FI ŻMIEN TA' PANDEMIJA
IPPRESEDUT MILL-PAPA FRANĠISKU
BIL-BARKA “URBI ET ORBI”

Sagrad tal-Bażilika ta’ San Pietru
Il-Ġimgħa 27 ta’ Marzu 2020


Dan hu t-test bil-Malti tal-Omelija li l-Papa Franġisku ghamel  issa fi Pjazza San Pietro Ruma. 27/3/3020


“Xħin sar filgħaxija” (Mk 4:35). Hekk jiftaħ il-Vanġelu li għadna kemm smajna. Ilna ġimgħat issa nistħajlu li sar filgħaxija. Dlamijiet ħoxnin inġemgħu fuq il-pjazez, it-toroq u l-bliet tagħna; ħakmu fuq ħajjitna u mlew kollox b’ħemda li ttarrax u vojt tal-mewt, li kull fejn jgħaddi jipparalizza kull ħaġa: jinħass fl-arja, jidher fil-ġesti, tgħidu kull ħarsa. Erġajna sibna ruħna mbeżżgħa u mifxula. Bħad-dixxipli tal-Vanġelu, ir-riefnu qawwi li ma konniex qed nistennewh qabadna fuq sieq waħda. Intbaħna li ninsabu fuq l-istess dgħajsa, ilkoll dgħajfa u mifxula, imma fl-istess waqt importanti u meħtieġa, ilkoll imsejħin nibqgħu flimkien, ilkoll fil-bżonn li nfarrġu lil xulxin. Fuq din id-dgħajsa… ninsabu lkoll kemm aħna. Bħal dawk id-dixxipli, li jitkellmu vuċi waħda u kollhom imbeżżgħa jgħidu: “Se nintilfu” (v. 38), hekk ukoll aħna ntbaħna li ma nistgħux nibqgħu għaddejjin kulħadd għal rasu, imma flimkien biss nistgħu naslu.

Faċli nilmħu lilna nfusna f’dan ir-rakkont. Id-diffiċli hu nifhmu l-imġiba ta’ Ġesù. Waqt li d-dixxipli naturalment jinsabu fi stat ta’ allarm u qalbhom maqtugħa, huwa jinsab fil-poppa, f’dik il-parti tad-dgħajsa li l-ewwel li ħa tinżel taħt l-ilma. U x’inhu jagħmel? Minkejja l-ġenn kollu, jinsab rieqed seren, fiduċjuż fil-Missier – hija l-unika darba fil-Vanġelu fejn naraw lil Ġesù rieqed. Meta mbagħad iqajmuh, wara li jkun ikkalma l-irjieħ u l-ilmijiet, idur fuq id-dixxipli u b’ton ta’ ċanfira jgħidilhom: “Dal-biża’ kollu għaliex? Mela ma għandkomx fidi?” (v. 40).

Ejjew nippruvaw nifhmu. Fiex jikkonsisti n-nuqqas ta’ fidi tad-dixxipli, li jistona tant mal-fiduċja li għandu Ġesù? Huma ma kinux waqfu milli jemmnu fih, fil-fatt jitolbuh l-għajnuna. Imma ejja naraw ftit kif jitolbuh: “Mgħallem, dan qisu mhu xejn għalik li aħna se nintilfu?” (v. 38). Qisu mhu xejn għalik: jaħsbu li Ġesù ma jimpurtahx minnhom, li mhux jieħu ħsiebhom. Fostna, fil-familji tagħna, waħda mill-aktar affarijiet li jweġġgħuna hi meta nisimgħu min jgħidilna: “Ma jimpurtakx minni?”. Hija frażi li tweġġa’ u tqanqal tempesti sħaħ fil-qalb. Anki lil Ġesù dejqitu. Għax m’hemm ħadd iżjed minnu li jimpurtah daqshekk minna. Fil-fatt, meta sejħulu, salva lid-dixxipli tiegħu li kienu qalbhom maqtugħa.

It-tempesta tikxef il-vulnerabbiltà tagħna u dawk iċ-ċertezzi foloz u tal-qoxra li bihom bnejna l-aġendi tagħna, il-proġetti tagħna, id-drawwiet u l-prijoritajiet tagħna. Turina kif ħallejna jorqod u warrabna għall-ġenb dak li jagħti l-ħajja, iwieżen u jqawwi lil ħajjitna u l-komunità tagħna. It-tempesta tikxef il-fehmiet kollha tagħna li “ngeżwru” u ninsew dak li żamm ħajja r-ruħ tal-popli tagħna; dawk it-tentattivi kollha li ppruvaw jilluppjawna bi drawwiet li minn barra jidhru li jistgħu “jsalvaw”, imma li m’għandhomx ħila jżommuna marbuta mal-għeruq tagħna u jqanqlu l-memorja tal-anzjani tagħna, għax ċaħħduna mill-immunità meħtieġa biex nieqfu sodi f’wiċċ il-kuntrarju.

Bit-tempesta, waqgħet il-maskra tal-isterjotipi li biha għattejna l-“jien” tagħna dejjem ħsiebu kif ħa jidher; u baqgħet mikxufa, għal darb’oħra, dik l-(imbierka) appartenenza komuni li ma nistgħux naħarbu minnha: l-appartenenza bħala aħwa ta’ xulxin.

“Dal-biża’ kollu għaliex? Mela ma għandkomx fidi?”. Mulej, il-Kelma tiegħek illejla tolqotna u għandha x’taqsam sew magħna, ilkoll kemm aħna. F’din id-dinja tagħna, li inti tħobb iżjed minna, aħna ġrejna bil-ħeffa kollha, ħassejna ruħna b’saħħitna u nifilħu għal kollox. B’kilba għall-gwadann, ħallejna ħajjitna tinxtorob mill-affarijiet waqt li l-għaġla fixlitna. Ma waqafniex meta smajna s-sejħat tiegħek, ma ġejniex f’sensina quddiem il-gwerer u l-inġustizzji ta’ din l-art, ma tajniex widen għall-karba tal-foqra, u tal-pjaneta tagħna marida serjament. Bqajna għaddejjin qisu xejn mhu xejn, għax ħsibna li mqar f’dinja marida aħna ħa nibqgħu dejjem f’saħħitna. Issa, meta qegħdin f’baħar imqalleb, nitolbuk: “Qum, Mulej!”.

“Dal-biża’ kollu għaliex? Mela ma għandkomx fidi?”. Mulej, int qed tagħmlilna sejħa, sejħa għall-fidi. Li mhix daqstant nemmnux li int teżisti, imma li niġu għandek u nafdaw fik. F’dan ir-Randan tidwi s-sejħa urġenti tiegħek: “Indmu”, “erġgħu duru lejja bi qlubkom kollha” (Ġoel 2:12). Issejħilna biex nilqgħu dan iż-żmien ta’ tiġrib bħala żmien ta’ għażla. Mhuwiex iż-żmien tal-ġudizzju tiegħek, imma tal-ġudizzju tagħna: iż-żmien li nagħżlu x’inhu li jiswa u x’inhu li jgħaddi, li nagħżlu bejn dak li hu meħtieġ u dak li mhuwiex. Huwa ż-żmien li nerġgħu nindirizzaw ir-rotta ta’ ħajjitna lejk, Mulej, u lejn l-oħrajn. U nistgħu nħarsu lejn l-eżempju ta’ tant sħabna fil-vjaġġ, li, fil-biża’, irreaġixxew billi taw ħajjithom stess. Hija l-qawwa ħawtiela tal-Ispirtu msawba u magħġuna f’għotjiet kuraġġjużi u ġenerużi. Hija l-ħajja tal-Ispirtu li kapaċi tifdi, tagħti valur u turi kif il-ħajja tagħna hi minsuġa u mwieżna minn persuni komuni – is-soltu minsija – li ma jidhrux fit-titli tal-ġurnali u tar-rivisti u lanqas fuq il-palkijiet tal-isfilati kbar tal-aħħar shows imma, bla dubju ta’ xejn, illum qegħdin jiktbu l-ġrajjiet deċiżivi tal-istorja tagħna: tobba, infermiera, ħaddiema fis-supermarkets, dawk li jieħdu ħsieb it-tindif, dawk li jduru bil-morda, il-bdoti tal-merkanzija, il-forzi tal-ordni, voluntiera, saċerdoti, reliġjużi u tant u tant oħrajn li fehmu li ħadd ma jista’ jsalva waħdu. Quddiem it-tbatija, fejn jitkejjel il-veru żvilupp tal-popli tagħna, niskopru u ngħixu t-talba saċerdotali ta’ Ġesù: “biex ikunu lkoll ħaġa waħda” (Ġw 17:21). Kemm persuni ta’ kuljum iħaddmu s-sabar u jxerrdu t-tama, u jaraw li ma jiżirgħux paniku imma korresponsabbiltà. Kemm missirijiet, ommijiet, nanniet, għalliema juru lil uliedna, b’ġesti ċkejkna u ta’ kuljum, kif għandhom jaffrontaw u jgħixu kriżi billi jaddattaw id-drawwiet tagħhom, jerfgħu ħarsithom u jħeġġu fit-talb. Kemm persuni jitolbu, joffru u jinterċedu għall-ġid ta’ kulħadd. It-talb u l-qadi fis-skiet: dawn huma l-armi rebbieħa tagħna.

“Dal-biża’ kollu għaliex? Mela ma għandkomx fidi?”. Il-fidi tibda meta nagħrfu li aħna fil-bżonn ta’ salvazzjoni. Waħidna ma nistgħux nagħmlu kollox, waħidna negħrqu: għandna bżonn tal-Mulej bħalma l-baħħara antiki kellhom bżonn tal-kwiekeb. Nistiednu lil Ġesù fid-dgħajjes ta’ ħajjitna. Ngħaddulu l-biżgħat tagħna, biex jegħlibhom hu għalina. Bħad-dixxipli nagħmlu l-esperjenza li, bih magħna fid-dgħajsa, xejn ma jgħarraqna. Għax din hija l-qawwa ta’ Alla: kapaċi jibdel f’tajjeb dak kollu li jiġrilna, imqar il-ħwejjeġ koroh. Huwa jikkalma l-irwiefen tagħna, għax ma’ Alla l-ħajja ma tmut qatt.

Il-Mulej qed jisfidana u, qalb it-tempesta tagħna, jistedinna nqumu u nħaddmu s-solidarjetà u t-tama li kapaċi jimlew bil-qawwa, kapaċi jwieżnu u jagħtu tifsira lil dawn is-sigħat li fihom kollox jidher qed jegħreq. Il-Mulej iqum biex iqajjem u jagħti ħajja ġdida lill-fidi tagħna fl-Għid tiegħu. Għandna ankra: bis-salib tiegħu ġejna salvati. Għandna tmun: bis-salib tiegħu ġejja mifdija. Għandna tama: bis-salib tiegħu ġejna mfejqa u mħaddna biex xejn u ħadd ma jifridna mill-imħabba feddejja tiegħu. Qalb dan l-iżolament li fih qed inġarrbu n-nuqqas tal-ġesti ta’ mħabba u tal-laqgħat tagħna, qed induqu n-nuqqas ta’ tant affarijiet, ejjew nisimgħu mill-ġdid għal darb’oħra l-aħbar li ssalvana: huwa qam u jgħix magħna. Minn fuq is-salib tiegħu l-Mulej jisfidana biex nerġgħu nsibu l-ħajja li qed tistenniena, biex inħarsu lejn dawk li qed jitolbuna, biex inqawwu, nagħrfu u nseddqu l-grazzja li tgħammar fina. Ejjew ma nitfux il-musbieħ inemnem (ara Iż 42:3), li qatt ma ‘jimrad’, u nħalluh jerġa’ jkebbes fina t-tama.

Li nħaddnu s-salib tiegħu jfisser insibu l-kuraġġ li ngħannqu magħna t-tbatija kollha ta’ bħalissa, inwarrbu ftit għall-ġenb il-kilba tagħna għall-poter u għall-ġid biex nagħmlu wisa’ għal dik il-kreattività li l-Ispirtu waħdu jista’ jqanqal fina. Ifisser insibu l-kuraġġ li niftħu spazji fejn kulħadd jista’ jħossu msejjaħ u nħallu jinbtu għamliet ġodda ta’ ospitalità, ta’ fraternità u ta’ solidarjetà. Bis-salib tiegħu ġejna mifdija biex nilqgħu t-tama u nħallu lilha tqawwi u twieżen il-miżuri u t-toroq kollha possibbli li jistgħu jgħinuna nħarsu ruħna u nħarsu lill-oħrajn. Nitgħannqu mal-Mulej biex inħaddnu t-tama: din hija l-qawwa tal-fidi, li teħles mill-biża’ u trodd it-tama.

“Dal-biża’ kollu għaliex? Mela ma għandkomx fidi?”. Għeżież ħuti, minn dan il-post, li jirrakkonta l-fidi ta’ Pietru, samma bħall-blat, illejla nixtieq nafdakom ilkoll lill-Mulej, bl-interċessjoni tal-Madonna, Saħħa tal-poplu tagħha, Kewkba tal-baħar f’tempesta. Minn dan il-kolonnat li jħaddan lil Ruma u lid-dinja kollha ħa tinżel fuqkom, bħal tgħanniqa ta’ wens, il-barka ta’ Alla. Mulej, bierek lid-dinja, agħti saħħa lill-ġisem u faraġ lill-qalb tagħna. Int qed titlobna ma nibżgħux. Imma l-fidi tagħna hi dgħajfa u aħna mbeżżgħin. Imma int, Mulej, titlaqniex f’ħalq it-tempesta. Tennilna għal darb’oħra: “Tibżgħu xejn” (Mt 28:5). U aħna, flimkien ma’ Pietru, “nixħtu fuqek il-ħsibijiet kollha tagħna, għax int taħseb fina” (ara 1 Piet 5:7). Teacher, do you not care if we perish?”

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ENGLISH VERSION

In his homily during the worldwide moment of prayer that Pope Francis led this evening, he reflected on how Coronavirus has united us in our common humanity, as brothers and sisters.
“We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together,” he said.

He used the image of the disciples on the boat, caught by an unexpected storm, and Jesus asleep in the stern. When they call on the Lord, the disciples prove their faith, and yet Jesus rebukes them for their lack of faith.

Let us try to understand. In what does the lack of the disciples’ faith consist, as contrasted with Jesus’ trust? They had not stopped believing in him; in fact, they called on him. But we see how they call on him: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (v. 38). Do you not care: they think that Jesus is not interested in them, does not care about them.
But “he, more than anyone, cares about us,” Pope Francis assured.

The pope said that God is calling us to faith, “which is not so much believing that you exist, but coming to you and trusting in you.”

And he said that this time of trial is a “time of choosing.”

It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.

Read the whole homily below:

“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost.

Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.

On this boat… are all of us.
It is easy to recognize ourselves in this story. What is harder to understand is Jesus’ attitude. While his disciples are quite naturally alarmed and desperate, he stands in the stern, in the part of the boat that sinks first. And what does he do? In spite of the tempest, he sleeps on soundly, trusting in the Father; this is the only time in the Gospels we see Jesus sleeping. When he wakes up, after calming the wind and the waters, he turns to the disciples in a reproaching voice: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” (v. 40).

Let us try to understand. In what does the lack of the disciples’ faith consist, as contrasted with Jesus’ trust? They had not stopped believing in him; in fact, they called on him. But we see how they call on him: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (v. 38). Do you not care: they think that Jesus is not interested in them, does not care about them. One of the things that hurts us and our families most when we hear it said is: “Do you not care about me?” It is a phrase that wounds and unleashes storms in our hearts. It would have shaken Jesus too. Because he, more than anyone, cares about us. Indeed, once they have called on him, he saves his disciples from their discouragement.

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.

In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, your word this evening strikes us and regards us, all of us. In this world, that you love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste. We did not stop at your reproach to us, we were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. Now that we are in a stormy sea, we implore you: “Wake up, Lord!”.

Lord, you are calling to us, calling us to faith
“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, you are calling to us, calling us to faith. Which is not so much believing that you exist, but coming to you and trusting in you. This Lent your call reverberates urgently: “Be converted!”, “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.

We can look to so many exemplary companions for the journey, who, even though fearful, have reacted by giving their lives. This is the force of the Spirit poured out and fashioned in courageous and generous self-denial. It is the life in the Spirit that can redeem, value and demonstrate how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people – often forgotten people – who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines nor on the grand catwalks of the latest show, but who without any doubt are in these very days writing the decisive events of our time: doctors, nurses, supermarket employees, cleaners, caregivers, providers of transport, law and order forces, volunteers, priests, religious men and women and so very many others who have understood that no one reaches salvation by themselves.

In the face of so much suffering, where the authentic development of our peoples is assessed, we experience the priestly prayer of Jesus: “That they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). How many people every day are exercising patience and offering hope, taking care to sow not panic but a shared responsibility. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday gestures, how to face up to and navigate a crisis by adjusting their routines, lifting their gaze and fostering prayer. How many are praying, offering and interceding for the good of all. Prayer and quiet service: these are our victorious weapons.

Prayer and quiet service: these are our victorious weapons.
“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Faith begins when we realise we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our tempest, invites us to reawaken and put into practice that solidarity and hope capable of giving strength, support and meaning to these hours when everything seems to be floundering. The Lord awakens so as to reawaken and revive our Easter faith.

We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love. In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.

The Lord asks us from his cross to rediscover the life that awaits us, to look towards those who look to us, to strengthen, recognize and foster the grace that lives within us. Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Is 42:3) that never falters, and let us allow hope to be rekindled.

We have an anchor… We have a rudder… We have a hope
Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time, abandoning for a moment our eagerness for power and possessions in order to make room for the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of inspiring. It means finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity.

By his cross we have been saved in order to embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us protect ourselves and others. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace.

Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: “Do not be afraid” (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, “cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us” (cf. 1 Pet 5:7).


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