Tomorrow’s my first day in my new job. Naturally I’m quite excited, but at the same time a bit nervous. The place is almost entirely new to me. I worked in Ortigas Center for the past five years and now I’ll be spending my weekdays in Makati’s central business district, which I rarely visited.
So, to reduce the gap between expectations and reality, today I made a trip to my new workplace, noting details of the commute, the landmarks, and possible places for meals. I didn’t mind being a provinciano for a while and observed the fast pace, cleanliness, and business-y primness of the area. I thought that if I won’t try to look at the trees that adorn pockets of the district, I’d soon be lost in the city’s rat race.
Then I went to the Greenbelt Chapel and realized such a race doesn’t have to exist.
The chapel is an oasis amid the city’s din. But the serenity that emanates from the little church comes not only from the Blessed Sacrament hidden in the hi-tech altar, but also from the confessional. There people can receive the Sacrament of Penance from 7am to 8pm. How convenient is that?
It’s very consoling to know that in the middle of Makati’s frenzy is Jesus (acting in the priest) waiting for people to come to him, confess sins which surely overburden them, and be reconciled with Him in the most palpable manner, at the same time being given new strength to do good and avoid evil.
I went in and did my confession. Then I attended Mass. It was like having a spiritual all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s good to have this feast often.