A Conversation

Within the course of a lengthy conversation covering a gamut of topics like retreats, Thomism, and his new parish assignment, I asked a young priest what was the best thing and worse thing about his new job?
He said that the best part is being there for people, especially at some critical point in their lives. Be it a joyful or sad occasion, he is glad to be of service. He also added that it is a relief to be finally working in his vocation. There were times at the seminary that he struggled whether the priesthood was the right path for him. He is glad that he does not have to waste energy worrying over that decision any more.
As for the worse part, he said that it was finding just a little time to himself. As an associate pastor in a large parish, the rectory is a busy place. He does not mind the interruptions, but it is a challenge to find a few moments of peace and quiet for prayer and reflection.
Afterwards, as I was getting in my car, I realized that I saw Jesus in him. And as I write this sentence, I realize that I see Jesus in quite a few people in the course of my day…