Thank you for the opportunity to offer this Holy Mass and with you to invoke the beloved saints of your homeland, St. Lorenzo Ruiz and St. Pedro Calungsod. This is a moment for me to thank you, the growing Philippine community of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (and beyond) for your deep faith and devotion as well as your dedication to the Church’s mission.
Consumerism does not refer to the attainment of a decent standard of living but rather to the inner emptiness of a covetous heart caught up in its own interests and its own pursuit of comfort and pleasure. In such a heart, there is no room for God and no room for others. As followers of Jesus and as the agents of his Gospel in the world, how important we not fall prey to the pervasive consumerism all around us. Rather, we must gratefully accept what God has given us while keeping our mind and heart focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, “the King of kings and the Lord of lords” who gave his very life for us and who now reigns in unapproachable light with God the Father in heaven. Or, as St. Paul elsewhere teaches, “If, then, you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:2).