11 Salesian Rector Major uses Samaria to inspire Mumbai

posted Mar 27, 2019, 10:17 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 27, 2019, 10:17 PM ]
Mumbai and Samaria have little in common. One, a small region that formed ancient Israel, and the other, over 4000 kilometres away, is a bustling metropolis in Western India, drawing millions of people in search of a better life. Rector Major Angel Fernandez Artime, the 10th successor of Don Bosco, during his Holy Mass at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai on March 23, drew inspiration from the life-changing experience of a Samaritan woman who met Jesus at a well.

Hundreds of laity, including the Salesian family, youth from Salesian institutions, confreres, and the faithful assembled to listen to Fr Artime's message—the crux of which focused on Jesus' loving mercy and refusal to condemn the woman, despite perceived infirmities. Fr Artime asked the congregation, 'Would you give Jesus water?' To which the youth present, answered, 'Yes.' In his response, he added, "We all finally need to meet Jesus, and once we meet Jesus, we have a transformation."

He then urged the faithful to be witnesses to the Gospel values. "Do not fear, because Christ is always going to be with you," he said, adding, "Like the woman at the well, many a time, our lives are not the best. We may not live our lives properly, but when we meet Christ, we all change." Fr Artime also underlined the importance of Mother Mary in the Church, saying that she is "always partnering" with the faithful throughout their lives to help carry the burden. A special youth choir added a melodious touch to the service, which ended with a felicitation ceremony, a Spanish dance, singing of the Salesian Youth Movement anthem, and the release of Fr Elias Dias' book entitled 'To Don Bosco with Love: History, Pedagogy, Spirituality'.

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