Charles did not mean to say that I shouldn’t be a priest or that God had not coaxed and nagged me into holy orders. Instead, his point was that the priesthood—and he would now say the episcopate—is the path by which I am working out God’s calling.
The priesthood—and the diaconate and the episcopate—are good and noble careers. And yet our vocation is something deeper, and those good and noble careers become holy missions when we engage them as the path on which we work out our deep calling.
|George Sekoto's "The Jazz Band"|
Conversely, even work devoted to worship, charity, peace, and justice can be nothing more than self-serving career tracks when they serve our desire for status, security, and influence.
That was Jesus’ first lesson to his disciples. He called them away from being fishermen and told them that he would make them fishers of people as they followed him.
As I often do, I’ve gotten ahead myself. Let’s take a step back and get clear about how jobs, careers, and vocations differ and how they can overlap.