Good Catholic Employees…
Our Catholic faith should be reflected in everything we do:
Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, willingly serving the Lord and not human beings, knowing that each will be requited from the Lord for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. -Ephesians 6:5-8, NAB
Slavery was an awful reality in St. Paul’s day – one that we just recently escaped in the West – and as much as this verse may not seem to matter today, we can still apply it to our careers and vocations. Re-read the verse by substituting employees for slaves, and bosses for masters.
St. Paul’s challenge for us, then, is to be good Catholic employees. Instead of seeing the work we do as an obligation, we should work as if we are laboring for Christ Himself. People should see the impact of Christ on our lives through our efforts on the job.
One of my favorite aspects of this verse is the challenge to work hard even when we are not being watched. When no one is looking, when your boss is not breathing down your neck, do you still put in the same effort? Do you work just as hard when no one is watching?
The work we do outside of our jobs follows this same rule. Do you work hard at your parish just to get the praise of your fellow Catholics? Do you donate your time to charity just for the recognition from others? The work you do, whether you are paid for it or not, should be done for Christ – not for the sake of your ego.
Being a good Catholic also means being good Catholic employees. Our faith should be reflected in everything we do, including our efforts on the job. Let the world see the work of Christ in your life through your labors.
NOTE: Today’s verse is an excellent example of a verse that may not seem to apply to our lives today, but with a little prayer, we can see how it is just as relevant as it was 2,000 years ago. Times have changed, but the beauty of Scripture and our Catholic faith continues on.