Today in our gospel we read of Jesus beginning his public ministry. It reminds me of one of my own new beginnings in ministry: my first day of seminary.
I remember showing up at the registration table the first morning of orientation and seeing all these extremely well put together people and thinking, “Um, I’m not sure I belong here. I wonder if McDonald’s is still hiring.”
Intimidated though I was as I looked around at my new classmates, I got my nametag and folder and tromped determinedly upstairs to the very crowded Common Room.
The tables were all full of these important looking people and I lost my nerve a little bit.
So I went over and sat in a chair next to the wall, thinking here’s a nice inconspicuous place where I’ll only have to talk to one or two terrifyingly overqualified people at a time, not a whole table full.
Not too long afterward, a petite brunette woman in a red suit came and sat next to me. Her nametag read, “Anna Ramirez, Dean of Admissions.”
I thought, “How nice of her to come and mingle with the students during breakfast.”
Well, the room got more and more crowded and the chairs around me in the row next to the wall started filling up.
I noticed that everyone sitting around me was wearing a suit and seemed somewhat older than I was, but I didn’t think much of it.
I didn’t think much of it, that is, until someone set up a lectern and a microphone two seats away from me.Continue reading