Archbishop George Desmond Tambala of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lilongwe engaged the youth in his speech to a multitude of Christians who gathered at St. Andrew Kaggwa Parish in his Archdiocese during a Confirmation Mass on Sunday 27 March, 2022.
He preached Jesus’ temptation in Mathew 4:1 ff where He was tempted to do something spectacular by throwing Himself off the temple and having His angels rescue Him, as what the youth are always undergoing.
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. This is why I understand our youths. Just looking at the second temptation we appreciate that our youths struggle to resist temptations of earthly life. I have a word for you dear youths, especially you who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Angels will not rescue you. You will through yourself down from the top and nobody will rescue you. You will remain with the pain, shame, scars, and mad. So, to avoid this predicament to befall you, stay focused, resist the temptations of smoking, drinking and drug abuse. I repeat, the Angels will not rescue you,” preached His Grace.
The Archbishop further referred to Mark 8:36, “For how is a man benefited if he should gain the whole world and he should lose his soul?”
On this he advised the newly confirmed 428 Christians to consider depriving their lives of material and what is called ‘good life’ in other circles so that they receive what God has for them.
“Your body is a temple of God. God lives in you and expects you to offer him his due respect by leaving only him to dwell in you,” he said.
St. Andrew Kaggwa Parish of Area 49 in Lilongwe organized the Confirmation Mass for ages 15 and above only after 2 years due to covid19 curfews.