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Mass at St. Augustine High School

Celebrating Mass at St. Augustine High School was undoubtedly, a holy refrain few months ago. It was by far a very impressive liturgy. The students were extremely reverent and disposed though, a handful cracked out when I walked down from the altar and uttered lines which for them were surprisingly hilarious. If you can make high school students laugh in a homily even if you really have nothing to say, you’re in.

I started the sermon with a question about the observance of Sabbath. When it seemed no one was stepping up, I challenged them. C’mon St. Augustine Wolves! Oh man, sounds awkward…don’t be shy…Finally, a dude, at the back, raised his hand. Go ahead, tell us. He confidently said that as God rested on the 7th day of creation, so do we. You got it right! You’re the man! They chuckled…

Wanting to build up on that brilliant idea, I quoted the Catechism of the Catholic Church which held that Sunday was a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money. This notion was adopted from the Old Testament texts Neh 13: 15-22; 2 Chr 36:21. It is clearly a bold step against any power that enslaves us, things we think we cannot live without: money, school, work, facebook, fitness center, fashion sense, beauty tips, sports, food, that piece of gadget, time, friends, relationships and the deliberate pursuit of fame and prestige. Such act is a remarkable attempt at defining who we are as individuals. That said, our weekly trip to the Church to attend Mass displays an all- important strong resolve to worship the one we truly belong, to re- orient our mindset, re-tune our lifestyle, to renew our perennially shaken faith, channel our wasted energies and insist in taking us out of twisted path. Amen.

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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