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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
We are aware of the difference between a job and a career. Jobs are employment opportunities which supply us with funds to support our families, our needs, and our wants. A career though “is a profession for which one is trained, and which is undertaken as a permanent calling.” When one is trained, skilled and working within their professional capacity, hourly concerns are far from their mind. Often-times their investment of time is substantial. Most times they thoroughly enjoy their work and are fulfilled by their accomplishments.
In a like manner Jesus calls Himself the “Good Shepherd.” Unlike hourly workers for whom shepherding is a job; who may run away when danger to the flock is apparent, Jesus is “all in.” The scriptures recall for us how dedicated Jesus is to His “professional calling” as the Messiah of God. He fulfills the job description of the Messiah, proclaiming and ushering in the Kingdom of God. God works marvelous signs by His presence and healing will toward many people. He never denies His calling but even sacrifices not only His time but His life for His calling. Because of His supreme sacrifice for the good of us all, St. Peter can proclaim: “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved” Acts 4:12.
St. John reminds us: “Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be, has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” 1 John 3:2. How did we become God’s children? By our Baptism into His death and Resurrection. By the gift of the Holy Spirit strengthened within us by Confirmation and by the heavenly food of Holy Eucharist. We are all called to be “All In” as followers of Jesus. We are called to move from our behavior as hourly employees of the Kingdom; fulfilling the bear minimum of what is expected of us to take on the career of a professional Christian; one who like Jesus will do what it takes to continue the proclamation of the Kingdom of God within our own midst.
Such a transition is at first a matter of willing to cooperate with God’s grace and calling. But it also requires dedicated time and even training. Formation, as a follower of Jesus, cannot stop in adolescence but needs to intensify in our adulthood. Even our parish efforts have to be dedicated to feeding the flock not only with prayer opportunities, but opportunities of training and growth in the faith as well as concrete opportunities of dedicated service to the Kingdom of God. May the Lord observe our willingness, strengthen our resolve and bless our efforts to follow Him in Spirit and truth.