By Marian Wyman ’14,
Campus Ministry Intern
On September 12, the Archbishop Mitty High School (AMHS) community gathered together to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The Mass focused on Matthew’s Gospel in which Jesus proclaims in the Sermon on the Mount, “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself” (Mt 6: 25-34).
Senior Lucas Sant’Anna gave a reflection on the Gospel reading and spoke familiarly about the various anxieties felt by students, first noting the fears freshmen might have experienced, especially as they related to his own first year at Archbishop Mitty. Lucas thought back to his freshman year when he idolized the older students who seemed to do it all, saying, “Everyone seemed to know their place on campus and were responsible and diligent enough to juggle rigorous academic schedules with a plethora of extracurriculars, all while appearing relaxed and happy.”
As he spent more time as an Archbishop Mitty student, however, Lucas realized that the students he admired were not without their own fears: “The difference,” he said, “was they trusted themselves to figure it all out; yes, they were probably stressed and worried, but they were able to overcome these negative emotions and face their fear of failure head on.” Lucas reminded all students that they are equally capable of overcoming fear through faith and trust.
Lucas’s message was especially insightful for the Archbishop Mitty seniors who are discerning their next steps after graduation. At the conclusion of his reflection, Lucas wisely said, “Through the twists and turns, the hills and the valleys, all we need to do is put one foot in front of the other. We may not know where the path leads or how long it will take, but it is essential to trust in our ability to overcome whatever struggle we may find along the way.”
Deacon Steve Herrera gave the homily, echoing many of the important themes Lucas articulated and challenging all of us to face fears head on with the help of the Holy Spirit and each other. This message ties directly into the school’s liturgical theme for the year: “Fearless.” All the music performed by AMHS’s liturgical rock band, Exodus, drew the audience to have courage, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to overcome fears and live the life we are called to live.
During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Chaplain Father James Okafor commissioned 38 students as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, many of whom served for the first time during this liturgy. To learn more about Campus Ministry activities, find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.