• Homily by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna

  • St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta
    25th March 2018

    The account of the passion according to Saint Mark that has just been proclaimed, repeats several times the idea, the concept and the verb of handing over: Judas tries to find the right time to hand over Jesus to the high priest; Pilate, to appease the mob, hands over Jesus for crucifixion; the Lord himself hands himself over to the Father; Joseph of Arimathea asks Pilate to hand over the body of Jesus for burial.

    Behind all these human agents: Judas, Pilate, the mob, the high priests, there also lies the will of the Father to hand over his Son as an offering in sacrifice. Jesus called this will of the Father ‘the cup’, the cup that you want me to drink, and pleads to the Father to remove this cup from him: “yet, not what I want but what you want” (Mk 14,36).

    In this great mystery of self-oblation, there also lies the great mystery of mercy and love. Are we going to receive this self-offering? The Lord is handing himself over to us, are we ready to receive this tremendous gift?

     Charles J. Scicluna
         Archbishop of Malta

  • Readings:

    1st Reading: Is 50, 4-7
    Psalm: 21 (22), 8-9.17-18a.19-20.23-24
    2nd Reading: Philippians 2, 6-11
    Gospel: Mk 14, 1 – 15, 47

  • Photos: Curia Communications Office – Ian Noel Pace