Arlo Borromeo, Little Whispers

Managing Manager

First Reading
ROM 14:7-12

Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why then do you judge your brother or sister?
Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister?
For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
for it is written:

As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.

So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 27:1BCDE, 4, 13-14
R. (13) I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

Gospel
LK 15:1-10

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So Jesus addressed this parable to them.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance.

“Or what woman having ten coins and losing one
would not light a lamp and sweep the house,
searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors
and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’
In just the same way, I tell you,
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.”


manager

“… this man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:2)

REFLECTION
I have no words for my manager who works more than 10 hours a day, staying at the coffee shop to make sure that everything is going well with the team, making sure that we have back up for our coffee grounds, cold and hot cups, syrups and everything that the store needs for the coming days. Also, he has to make sure that his 17 partners (our version of “employees”) are doing well in the store.

Yesterday, we started the Christmas Promotional of our store. Stickers will be given everytime you purchase a drink for the customers to complete and will be given a planner for a reward. People are already lining up even before the store started to open. “Bakbakan na, kaya natin to,” my manager started saying as soon as the door opened and we started greeting customers back and forth. Different orders came up and the really large volume of people came up too. Misunderstanding and mistakes with orders are the most difficult thing to deal with for me. Imagine all the people waiting just because of one mistake. So what our manager did is he insisted the partners not to panic and start focusing on one person and one drink. He didn’t scold us or he didn’t punish us for what is happening. “Ganyan talaga, challenge sa atin lahat yan. Kaya natin yan.”

The day ended with a pat on the back from our manager and telling us we did a great job today.

I believe that just like my manager, Jesus doesn’t focus on our mistakes, faults and most especially with our sins. As long as you show love in whatever you are doing. Jesus will see the drive and effort and will surely appreciate it in the end. I believe also that no matter how lost and how bad you feel with yourselves, Jesus will turn it around before the day ends. He will let You feel that you are loved and you are special and Jesus’ love will weigh more than anything in this world. ☺

Prayer
Lord Jesus, Help me to see the good in ourselves. Help us to make every mistake our challenge and a reminder. Remind us that You love us Your children, no matter what.

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