Bishop Emeritus, UCCP
the officers to be installed of this significant fact that organizations are as good as the members thereof. For it is good to be reminded that a chain, a cadena, is as strong as its weakest link.
c. Hope. You, we must have hope and believe that in every man hope springs eternal, hope that each day is a new day that promises potentials that promise to be achieved. Whether as a salesman selling rugs, in Mandino's story, or a teacher, an engineer, a medical doctor, or what have you, we must learn to hope for better things every day, and to live that day or this day as if it were the last day.
d. Service to Humanity. Those of us from outside of the fraternity are in awe for the dedication and efforts that you have shown in the aftermath of the flood of Iligan wrought by Typhoon Sendong. I understand that masons of Iligan, Lanao del Norte and elsewhere have raised hundreds of thousands of pesos, and priceless time, expertise as doctors, engineers or other professions to assist the hapless victims. You should be congratulated. I offer you my highest appreciation. But you should not rest on this laurel, but should move on to do better and higher things.
e. Humility. Finally, you should be humble and consider that each of you, nay, each of us, should not forget that we are mere creatures of the Great Creator. As creatures, we all must end our existence in this earthly world. To turn, once more to Og Mandino, Hafid the Greatest Salesman recognized his frailty in the twilight of his life. He dreamed that soon he shall die, and waited for the man whom he could entrust the ten scrolls of salesmanship, and he honored the day when he encountered Paul of Damascus. To him Paul, his successor, will become a better salesman, greater than he. Humble to the end. So must you be. So should we be.
Conclusion and Final Challenge. Let me now end with a personal note. I am honored to be present in this high occasion tonight. I am doubly honored and happy that my son, my eldest son and namesake, Dr. Hilario Abel B. Gomez, could be given this high honor as worshipful master of this noble organization. I challenge him then to live up to this honor and privilege. There are many organizations and fraternities. But yours is an honored one, noble fraternity with noble intentions. Remember that there are greater men before you, and certainly noble men after you. But certainly, you shall receive more honor and will be remembered long after if you take this honor, not as a badge of privilege but one of responsibility and service. For to be great is to be humble, to be honorable is to be of service to others. Strive then to be a strong link in the Masonic chain, and not to be its weakest. For the chain is, and will be strong only as its weakest link. Be honorable in this honored and noble organization, this fraternity of noble men, the Masons.
Let this challenge then be to all of us tonight. Let us be honorable men in this noblest of fraternities. Thank you and good night.