As Americans, we are doing much reflecting today, twenty years after the 9/11 attacks against our nation. An image I have seared into my memory from that horrific day was after the first tower collapsed. A unit of firefighters were quickly moving into the other tower and a reporter thrust a microphone toward them, having asked something like this: “You saw what happened to the other tower. Why are you entering this tower?” In effect, the hurried answer came back: “It’s our job, Ma’am!”
Through our vocations, we human beings have the high privilege of being our Creator’s hands, mouth, and heart of flesh in our world today, showing His love and compassion to all. We engage our neighbors with the love of God, whether we know it or not, in all our interactions occasioned through our God-given vocations. This past year has shown us the same vocational appearance of our Creator’s love and compassion through the medical community. Nurses, doctors, first responders, etc., risked their lives in their vocations, serving their neighbors infected with COVID. It’s their job, even unto death. Even the reporter mentioned above, fulfilling her God-given vocation near the second tower soon to fall, was risking her life for her neighbors.
As Christians, we know our sins and failures against our neighbors are all connected to our vocations, but we also know that they are made holy offices by the blood of Christ. The heart of all self-sacrificing service in our vocations is found in the supreme sacrifice of Christ Jesus for all people so that all may live forever in Him. We now get to engage our neighbors in Jesus’ name with the result that our neighbors will see the gracious hand of God and glorify their loving Creator.
President Glenn Obenberger