Our parish received a grant from the Lily Foundation to study the biblical notion of “calling” – on what it means to be called and how that plays out in our everyday lives. The grant is for five years, and is in collaboration with an initiative called “Communities of Calling” out of Collegeville, Minnesota. Three of us from the parish were there a few weeks back, along with members from 13 other churches from around the country and Canada.
A story from the gathering: a bishop once, in conversation with a woman who was seated next to him on a plane, asked her what she did for a living. She replied that she worked as a physical therapist. He said to her in reply, “you realize that the work you do is holy work? Jesus, all throughout the gospels, touches people and heals them, and that is what you are doing by your work.” The woman was stunned: no one in the church had ever said anything like that to her before. And yet what this story highlights is that “call” is not reserved only to the ordained, or the professional religious, but instead lies with all of the baptized, in the dailiness of their lives and work.
We don’t hear enough of this in the Church, and we hope to explore more deeply this notion of what it means to be called within the everyday moments of our lives.
Blessings on your week!