The gospel at today’s mass was from John 10: 11-13;
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
It made me think about my profession. Who among us are just the “hired hands” who are ONLY here for the money? Everybody probably knows at least one. The guy who wanted the job for the benefits, health care, retirement pension, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t do this for nothing. I’m not saying that fighting for a decent wage or contract is wrong. I’m not saying that departments expecting you to work overtime but not pay you for it is right either; but if money is the ONLY concern you have are you not simply a hired hand? Who do you want racing to your child’s school to face the wolf if something terrible happens, the Shepherd or the “hired hand”?