Here is an excerpt from the
homily of Father Arturo Sosa, Superior General, on this occasion.
The pandemic has openly highlighted the consequences
of the use of power to establish the dominion of the few, instead of making it
an instrument to care for the Common Good. The difference between conceiving
power as an instrument of domination or service is reflected on all levels of
human life, from fundamental relationships in our families and communities, to
our neighbourhood, our country and even international relations.
The life of St. Francis Borgia is a parable of
conversion from power of domination to power of service. He went from
frequenting the “great ones” of the world to having no other Lord than Jesus,
crucified and risen, for whom he dedicated himself with his heart, life and
soul to the service of the most needy, according to the charism of the Society
of Jesus which he had known closely under the guidance of Ignatius of Loyola
Inspired by the memory of our patron, St. Francis
Borgia, and enlightened by the Word of God, we gather for this Eucharist asking
for light for this new year that is beginning. We also pray for the victims of
the pandemic, especially those we have known closely, for the members of the
apostolic body of the Society, as well as for the one million and more people
that Covid-19 has taken.
Above all, we gather around the Eucharist to nourish
our faith and increase our Hope. The pandemic is not over and we do not know
how long it will last. Nor can we predict with certainty its consequences in
the medium and long term. Therefore, we ask the Lord to increase our faith and
strengthen us as witnesses of Hope for our companions, for our families, for
As citizens of this country and as citizens of the
world, we want to be witnesses of Hope in the possibility of a better world
than the one we have known. Hope that leads us to act in response, contributing
according to who we are and what we have to make this possible.
The Ignatian expression “in everything to love and to
serve” takes on a special significance in these moments to inspire us in our
daily lives. This is what we desire as a community of life and work of the
General Curia of the Society of Jesus: to love and to serve in all things.
May Our Lady of the Way be the one who
accompanies us in this conversion to the life of love and service that can make
a difference in the times to come.