Yesterday I took the kids to visit Kiara’s godfather, my best friend and now priest, Fr. Jeremy Santos. Being Good Friday, it was a nice moment to take some time to rest in between all of the Triduum related activity.
I admire the sacrifices our priests make – giving their lives completely to the Lord and His people. These holy days in particular are filled with an abundance of rehearsals to do, homilies and reflections to write, and people to help. I’ve watched all of my priest friends in these past few weeks prepare for these days – all in the midst of their every day responsibilities of daily mass, funerals, weddings, visiting the sick, confessions and the like.
Fr. Jonathan, pastor of the church where Fr. Jeremy is assigned, arrived during our visit, and got to meet the kids for the first time. I was particularly struck by a question he asked me –
You’ve got two young kids!
How do you do it?
I thought to myself – “ME? What am I doing? I’m just taking care of these two – you guys are taking care of many more!”
I suppose that speaks to the beauty and mystery of our vocations. Despite how different they are, priests, consecrated, married, or single – we are the same in our love for the Lord and the desire to do his will and serve him.
Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
-St. Teresa of Calcutta