High School Unit Mass: Mass For The Nation

Fr. Munch de Guzman, S.J. (photos by Jeremiah Pua, XS Media Team)

Last September 2, 2013, the high school unit celebrated and offered a Mass for the Nation.

The following was the homily delivered by Fr. Munch de Guzman, S.J.:

“The world is too big for us. Too much going on, too many crimes, too much violence and corruption.  Try as you will, you get behind in the race, in spite of yourself.  It is a never-ending stress to keep pace… and still, you lose ground. Science empties its discoveries on you so fast that you stagger beneath them in hopeless puzzlement. The political world is news seen so rapidly you’re trying to keep pace with who’s in and who’s out.  Everything is high pressure. Human nature cannot endure much more!”

All these represent the majority thinking today. However, this is a newspaper editorial which appeared on June 16, 1833 in the Atlantic Journal. Not much has changed, has it?  Change remains—and probably always will be—a threat to our salvation.

We must not be only hearers and knowers of the word, but doers of it as well. As the great spiritual writer Thomas A. Kempis says, “It’s more important to be humble than it is to know the definition of humility.”

The great end of life is not knowledge but action. God put us on earth to accomplish certain number of things.  Right now, we are so far behind. Knowledge needs to be translated into action; theories in practice; faith into life; laws and rules yet to be faithfully followed—we still have a long way to go as far as doing the Father’s will.

The contradiction of our time is that we’ve been all the way to the moon, but have trouble crossing the street to meet our neighbor. We have well built houses, but broken homes. We build more computers, internet, cellular phones, but we communicate less and less.

This is the age of disposables—like diapers and even our morality—that is why we have big men and women with small character; more experts yet more problems.

We have learned to rush but not to wait.  We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. Yes, we’ve conquered the outer space but not our inner space.

Jesus, in our gospel today, admonished the crowds and his disciples, “The Scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice.” Yes, just like the Scribes and the Pharisees, more and more of us today don’t want to know the will of God in order to do it; they seem to want to know it just in order to consider it.

Xavier education is meant to empower you to cross the unimaginable border and personally enter the world of the least, the last, and the lost… so strive to use, by all means, your love and knowledge of God, your humility, and your joyful detachment to serve God’s plan of reaching out to the least, the last, and the lost… There is no greater way to celebrate our formation identity that to be faithful to who we are: MEN AND WOMEN FOR OTHERS!

What is 750,000 miles long, reaches around the earth thirty times, and grows twenty miles longer each day?  The answer: The line of people who has the WORD but not the WORK… So beginning now, say to yourself  “I’m going to take a wholly different track, I’m going to pray and work and carry loads instead, and not have others carry me like people do to the dead, for the most miserable men and women in the world are the ones who have no work to dedicate themselves to.”

There is a scene in My Fair Lady in which Eliza Doolittle grows weary and tired of Freddy’s daily letters, telling her how much he loves her. In a burst of frustrations, she begins to the sing the song “Show Me.”  In the song, she says she is sick of all his talk of stars “burning above.”  “If there is really any love burning in your heart, show me.”

“IF THERE IS REALLY ANY LOVE BURNING IN YOUR HEART, SHOW IT!”

We Pray:

Lord, help us worship you not only with our lips, but also with our lives, not only with our heads, but also with our hearts, for it is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving. Amen.

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