[COCOPEA Testimonial Lunch, Manila Polo Club, October 29, 2018]
Heavenly Father, we come together today as representatives of our private educational associations to praise and thank you for the appointment of Dr. Prospero de Vera as chair of the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines.
He is the appointment of the President of the Philippines, charged together with his Commission with responsibility for the higher education of the one Philippine system of education, public and and private, at a juncture in the history of our nation rich in opportunity but fraught with danger for the people of the Philippines and the peoples of the world.
Father, he is the appointment of the President of the Philippines, but also your appointment, having chosen him from among many, to lead higher education in the Philippines with the knowledge and reason of man, but also with understanding and wisdom from on high.
On this day, we come together to ask you to bless him with your knowledge and your wisdom. We know, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (Prov 1:7) We know, “with God are wisdom and might; He has counsel and understanding” (Job 12:12-13). We ask God “who gives wisdom generously to all without reproach” (Ja. 1:5), to bestow wisdom generously on Dr. de Vera.
Father, let Dr. de Vera’s wisdom be your wisdom as he guides higher education in truth. Let his interventions support the discovery of truth in our research, the transmission of truth in our instruction, the application of truth in our outreach. But let his interventions for truth be inspired by you who speak to us through your Son incarnate, “the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6), who came in your fullness to “bring us life, life to the full” (Jn 10: 10) even at the price of the Cross. Through his interventions may it be possible for all to encounter that wisdom where “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Cor 1:25).
In this context, Heavenly Father, let him inspire us to face the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, even as we as a nation now dare to venture into outer space. But let him also inspire us to face the challenges of our selves and of the state of our human society on earth, as in our higher education institutions we seek in academic freedom to encounter the truth of nature, of humanity, and of the source, moving force and finality of all in heaven, where you live and reign forever and ever.