Vocation is, you could say, what’s left when all the games have stopped. It’s that elusive residue that we are here to discover, and to help one another discover.

Rowan Williams in A Ray of Darkness: Sermons and Reflections (1995)

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Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

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Whenever we played a game like kickball or dodgeball in middle school, the teacher lined us up along the wall of the gym and picked two captains who, in turn, picked their teams. As one of the non-athletic kids in the class, I remember watching my classmates being chosen one-by-one and thinking, “I don’t want to be left out!” I would guess that some of my more athletic classmates felt left out when it came down to other classes in school. Some are good at dodgeball. Some are good at mathematics.

The good news is that, in Jesus, nobody will ever be left out again. Saint Paul tells us that all people are united in the Spirit. All are one in God no matter how athletic you are, no matter how smart you are, no matter where you’re from or who your parents are, no matter your race or class or ethnicity. Our individual diversity is united by the Spirit and we each have a role to play in the Body of Christ.

Columba Maynus

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Thank you, God, for making me unique in my own giftedness. Please give me a sense of others’ uniqueness. Make us all aware of our unity in the Body of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Go, a disciple, called and sent.

Go, a disciple, equipped for justice.

Go, a disciple blessed

in the strong name of God:

one holy and undivided Trinity.


Columba Maynus

Brother Columba Maynus is a Benedictine monk in the Episcopal Church. He serves as Community Engagement Coordinator at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a charter member and Gospel Catalyst of the Academy of Preachers.

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