Catholics in the country should develop a spirit of giving back to the needy in appreciation of gifts they receive from others, Bishop George Tambala of Zomba Diocese said recently.
He said this when he led hundreds of Catholics in Eucharistic celebration to commemorate 25 years of existence of Sisters of Missionaries Mary Medriatix in Malawi at Chezi Parish in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe.
Among other activities, sisters of this congregation look after needy children.
In his homily, based on Luke 1: 39-45, Bishop Tambala said the problem with modern Christians is that they only want to receive from other people, but they do not want to give back.
He said if Christians developed a spirit of giving back, there would be no needy people in our communities.
“The sisters of Mary Medriatix came here 25 years ago to help our needy children. But if I may ask you, the people of this parish, after seeing what the sisters are doing here, how many needy people are we helping in our communities ourselves?,” he asked.
“When others are doing good works in our parishes or Small Christian Communities, others are just watching. This is not Christianity,” he added.
The function also saw two sisters of Mary Medriatix—Sister Marian Billiat and Sister Brenda Mtanda—make their final vows in sisterhood.
The sisters of Mary Medriatix, from Spain, run orphan centres at Chezi and Kaggwa Woyera Parishes in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, where close to 500 children are provided with educational support, food and other basic needs. They also run a clinic at Chezi Parish and Mlale Mission Hospital. n