So Fr. Jan's Sunday homily got me thinking (I'm assuming that's what they're all supposed to do :) ) I'm pretty sure my train of thought arising out of the homily is slightly different from the point he wanted to get across though.
(Just for the record, I was listening and I got the point. There's no place for ego and selfishness when it comes to matters of faith.)
What got me thinking though was when Fr. Jan was talking about how the priesthood is not a good vocation for someone who desires to see results from their labors. He commented that the most he usually hears is "Nice homily, Father" after mass. Here's where that comment has taken me --
It seems to me as if most people tend to only see the negative about someone or something. It's so easy to point out what someone's doing "wrong." As a result, we don't stop to take the time to point out what they did well or what we appreciated. I think with priests and other clergy the good they do is taken even more for granted because that's what they're "supposed" to do.
Just because someone is doing their job doesn't mean that we can't take the time out to let them know how much we appreciate them.
So, Fr. Jan and priests everywhere--Thank you. You have a vocation that few are called to, so thank you for taking the time to be a pastor to your flock. Thank you for being there to celebrate mass even when it's obvious you don't feel well. Thank you for the well thought out homilies every week. You're there when we're sick, to bury our dead and baptise our babies. Without you we wouldn't have access to the sacraments. Without you I would have never found my way to the fullness of the faith after so many years of being "dead" to religion.