Summary: The Christian who confesses is to be the Christian who professes; whose passion in life is bringing Christ to the world and thus saving souls and our culture.
TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES YOU WALK ON HOLY GROUND
by Charles Scott
May 4 2005
A nurse, a para-medical, an LPN, an intern or physician who understands that the flesh he or she touches, cleans, nurtures, medicates or binds up is sacred approaches their tasks with a different attitude than that implied in the term ”health care
I am thinking of more than respect for patients. The
practice of medicine is larger than the body of knowledge or the human bodies that are studied , treated, fed and cleansed.
The term “professional” and “profession” comes to mind in distinguishing between a “health care worker” whose end in view is doing a job and earning a living (ie serving ones self by serving others) and one who is devoted, mind, body and soul to his sacred duty. Do I view that nearly mindless lump in the next bed as just
one more task to be completed before happy hour or am I involved in the mystery of life, loving the world that God has opened before me and all the creatures with which He has populated it? Am I learning
from, and entering into the creative process presented to me this day?
The word professional has become nearly as isreputable as the word liberal. To some, professionals are guys who make the big bucks by taking steroids and otherwise cheating at the holy game of baseball.
Professionals are people who are paid for what they do. Amateurs are conceived of by today’s worldings as inept dabblers with altruistic ideas who really aren’t “in” the game.
In the days of Lords and Ladies, Clergy and Laity, Commoners and Kings, the term profession indicated that which a person professed. The choice of professions in those days were few: The Church, the Law, Medicine or the Army.
This meaning of the term profession is a given in our Ordinal, the prayers for ordination. The
Bishop asks, “Do you trust that you are inwardly moved by the Holy Ghost to take upon you this Office and Ministration, to serve God for the promoting of his glory, and the edifying of his people?” He doesn’t ask, “Do you know what salary you will receive and what benefits (meaning money).”
Interestingly, many oaths of office and promises on entry into professions have similar promises to meet
duties considered sacred. Remuneration was never the sole objective of pursuing a profession.
Clerics shouldn’t think they were the only persons called to Holy Office in this sense. At the time our language was being formed, there were not so many professions: The Law, The Church and Medicine
have been classically looked upon as professions.
Those who attempt to work honorably in the Fourth Estate (News, Journalism) appear to be outnumbered by “news sellers” who are professionals in a pejorative sense. The Grey Lady (The New York Times) is now accused of having joined the oldest profession. Observers of the political scene as well as business news reporters (professional analysts) are
regularly accused of being on the payroll of powerful interests. The consumer, if he buys a paper today, has to wonder is this all the news that is fit to print, or all the news paid to be printed by the