Homily: Legacy of Love

December 17, 2021

We will be celebrating an all-school Mass today at Guerin Catholic. It is our annual alumni Mass, so many of our graduates from the past will be joining us. The following is a summary of the homily I’ll be delivering:

We have three special things taking place at our Mass today:

First, we heard the reading of the genealogy in today’s gospel from Matthew. It is the detailed lineage of Jesus, the foundation of His humanity.

Also, many alumni have joined us. They are people from the past, people that walked the same halls all of you walk. Each of them left their mark on the school in one way or another.

Finally, after Mass, we will be announcing the recipients of this year’s Higi Award (an award that will be presented at our Guerin Gala in February). These are people that have made a difference in the life of the school, helping to provide a solid foundation for its future.

As I was thinking about the connection between these three components of our celebration today, I thought of the word legacy.

Here is one description of legacy I found: When a person moves on from a place, the mark left on that place becomes the person’s legacy. It includes accomplishments as well as the impact he or she had on others. Ultimately, the story of a person’s life reflects the individual’s legacy.

Keeping that in mind, I ask you to consider these questions: What will our legacy be? What are we doing now that will be remembered? What impact are we making on our family and others, on our school, on our Church?

The people that will leave a lasting legacy are those that follow the two most important commandments: Love God with all your heart and love others as yourself.

 It may sound simple, but if you consider what that entails, it makes sense. When someone loves God, he focuses his life on serving Him; he puts God’s will before his own. He does his best to cultivate the gifts God has given him, striving to be the best version of himself.

When someone loves others, she directs her energy outward. She wills the good of others through her actions. Her love is selfless – she is kind, compassionate, and loving toward others.

When we follow these two commandments to which Jesus calls us, we leave a lasting legacy. We build a foundation for future generations, encouraging them to do as we have done.

May God bless your efforts in making a positive impact – making your mark – on this school and our world. You will leave a legacy of love behind.

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