This weekend is quite important and special for the Code of Champions Team, specifically the Barista Academy. We went to Tagaytay and spent time putting in our thoughts and ideas on identifying who we are and established firmly our identity. We talked about our reason for existence (Core Purpose, as Collins and Porras refer to it) and our vision (Envisioned Future). Fr. Armand, who came the following day (he didn’t join the First Day in order to give us the independence to do things on our own), gave us valuable insights into how we organize ourselves, considering the delicate balance between our other commitments and responsibilities as well. At the close of the Planning Process, we reflected on the readings during the Holy Mass that Fr. Armand celebrated.
These Sunday’s readings seem so timely and providential in that the messages articulate what God is telling us as we begin another phase of this journey which was started before the turn of the century. Of particular interest is the concern that we all feel unworthy of this mission, but St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians rings loud and clear that we be clothed with humility and consider our weaknesses as an opportunity to exercise our trust in Him, for He has said, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ (2 Cor. 12: 7–10)
The Champion is humble and he is a person who is one that, ‘hindi umaagaw ng eksena’. Humble servants trust in the Lord and they acquire humility in prayer and reflection.
How do we know we’ve succeeded? It is in simply knowing that we’ve tried and done our best as we can, and loved as much as we can. The fulfillment isn’t monetary or honor or adulation from the crowd; it is simply in knowing that we’ve given our all.
How do we deal with rejection and oppression? Fr. Armand further said that we take comfort in the fact that even Christ was rejected and oppressed (Mk. 6: 1-6), thus it can happen to us as well. Provided that we fix ours on Jesus, everything will be worthwhile in the end.
As we go and grow in mission, may we have the attitude of a servant: humble, persevering and trusting in Jesus.
“Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for His mercy.” (Ps. 123: 2)