Graduation Homily: Believe in God, Seek His will, Keep your eyes on Christ

Posted by: Fr. Sandy | March 28th, 2011

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

 

It will be as when a man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one–to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ (Then) the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’ His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

 

The Gospel of the Lord. (Matthew 25:14-29)

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(The Master said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant…Come, share your master’s joy.”)

 

I want to tell you graduates a story about growing up…

A woman had three sons. She had to raise the boys herself, working nights as a seamstress. Her sons grew up and became very successful. One became a businessman, the other a lawyer, and the other a television journalist. After all her years of painstaking work, their mother began to get old and lose her eyesight.

 

The three sons each decided to do something to show their mother how much they appreciated her. The businessman said to his brothers. “I am going to build mom a big mansion to live in.” The lawyer tried to outdo him: “I am going to buy her a limousine and hire a chauffeur to drive her around.” The journalist would have nothing of this. “You guys don’t know our mother at all. She doesn’t want a big fancy house or a limo. All she ever wants to do is go to Mass and pray. I know about an order of monks down in Argentina who train parrots to recite the entire Bible. All you have to do is name a chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it. The parrots cost P2M each, but it’s perfect for mom.”

 

So they each did what they set out to do. A few months later, they each received thank-you notes from their mother. The businessman opened his. “Dear Son, thank you for this beautiful house. I love living in it. The only problem is, since I am losing my eyesight, I keep getting lost. So I pretty much just stay in my bedroom and the kitchen.” The lawyer opened his thank-you note. “Dear Son, thank you for the comfortable car and the nice driver. He is wonderful. The only problem is, all I want to do is go to Mass and come home, but he wants to drive all over town, so we bicker all the time.” The journalist opened his: “Dear Son, you really know your mother. You got me just what I wanted. Those chickens were so delicious.”

 

Dear class of 2011: We are here to implore God’s blessings upon you, and to congratulate you for your accomplishment.

 

I wish I could tell you that your labors are now finished. I wish I could say to you the words of the parable, “Well done, good and faithful servants! Enter into the joy of your rest.” But I can’t say this to you, though. There is only one speaker who has the authority to say this. Namely, the Speaker we will all hear when we graduate from our education on earth and enter the next life.

 

The fact is, you still have a lot more work to do. To begin with, you still have to go to graduate school. There are many report cards yet to come. Or you have to find your life – get a job, have your own family, or enter religious life perhaps. Then comes the rest of your life. The education of our youth prepares us to enter into the school that really counts, the school of loving and devoted service to others as mature adults. In the school of life, the Lord educates us, for heaven.

 

So as you consider the great expanse of life that lies ahead of you, there are three things that would be customary for your graduation speaker to say. I have no intention of saying any of these things.

 

One customary thing to say at graduations is: “Believe in yourselves!” But I am not going to tell you to believe in yourselves. We human beings are weak and fallible. If you put your faith in yourself, you will wind up disappointed. Forget about believing in yourselves. Believe in God instead. He is strong and true. As Mother Theresa said, “Pray not to be successful, but to be faithful.” God will take care of you. He will not disappoint you. It makes more sense to believe in Him.

 

The second customary thing to say is: “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to!” But I am not going to say that, either. It might be true; it might not be. There are no guarantees in this life. What I am going to tell you is this: The good Lord has a plan for you. Whatever it is, He will give you the grace to accomplish it—you can be sure of that. If we give ourselves over to God’s holy will, He will see us through every hardship and every set-back. May God’s will be done.

 

The third customary thing to say is: “Stay focused on your goals!” That would be good advice. But I am going to give you BETTER advice. Stay focused on Jesus Christ. If our eyes are fixed on Christ, then we know what our goals ought to be. Maybe you are saying to yourselves: “Father, how can we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, if we can’t even see Him? He went up to heaven. He has vanished from our sight. How are we supposed to keep our eyes focused on Him?” We see Christ with our inner eyes of faith. Our inner eyes see better than our outer eyes do. If we study the Scriptures and share the life of the Church, then we can learn to see Christ and behold Him at all times. If we keep our inner eyes fixed on Christ, then we always know what to do.

 

Dear graduates, when I look at you now with the eyes of faith, I see Christ the Lord in you. How about you? How did you see Christ in each other? What I mean is – did you comfort a heartbroken classmate, did you try to ease the burdens of your parents, did you say “salamat” to the bus or jeepney or tricycle or sikad-sikad driver, did you listen to your teachers, did you say “hello” to the security guard, did you try to help the school janitor? Not medals, not grades, not popularity, but the ability to respond to a need, to help all those around you, to be nice and caring, to stand up for what is right, to be kind and honest. Even if you have the lowest grade in Filipino and P.E. or even if you failed all your subjects, but you take every effort to care, to love, to forgive and understand, you graduate with the highest honors.

 

We congratulate you for all your accomplishments. But above all, we congratulate you for the fact that you share in the undying life of Jesus Christ. We congratulate you because you have the seeds of heaven already germinating in your souls.

 

Believe in God. Seek His will. Keep your eyes on Christ. And have a faithful life.

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