God calls us to serve the world with our bodies—even when those bodies are failing.
The priest faces inward, toward liturgy and the sacraments. The layperson faces outward, toward everything else—everything.
Reading about Henry Marsh’s vocation to neurosurgery, I thought about my own calling as a minister. I was startled by his depiction of detachment from patients.
We all live with many callings in life, and the greatest is not to be a pastor—much less to be in the right job at a particular congregation.