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Second Career Vocations

From today’s reading of the Gospel of Matthew, we learn that God does not call everybody at the same time. Some have been called early in life as the early laborers were called, having received their Baptism as infants, and have been faithful witnesses their whole lives. Some were called much later in life, even waiting until their death to be baptized.  
Even on a daily basis, God's call can come in a variety of different ways. Some callings we might not even expect. Each calling is unique. We are called to learn and grow in God's grace and enrich their lives. Gods callings can come in many things and lead to many places you never dreamed possible. God has a plan for all of us and he share it with his love and mercy. In the end, no matter when we answer the call, we will all share the reward of eternal life. 
In the bible we see the chosen people were called at different stages in their lives.
  • Samuel was called, when he was a young boy.
  • David was called in his youth.
  • The sons of Zebedee were young men when they received the invitation to join Jesus.
  • Simon Peter was an older man when he was chosen by Jesus.
  • Abraham, was seventy-five years old when he was called by the Lord God to leave Haran the land of his kin, and go “to a land I will show you” — and he obeyed at once, starting Salvation History proper for all of us with that choice.
Just as Jesus called fishermen, tax collectors, Pharisees and others in the Gospels to leave behind their former way of life in order to follow him, he continues to do today. Right now in many dioceses, there are priests serving in parishes who were once doctors, attorneys, architects, investment bankers, teachers, entrepreneurs and a whole host of other professions. Seminarians for some dioceses are in their 50's and 60's.
It used to be that if a young men and women entered the seminary or the convent as a teen. If they entered in their twenties, they were considered a “late” vocation! Although there are certainly men and women who still discern the Lord’s call at a young age and know from their grade school years or in their teens that Christ is calling them to the priesthood or religious life, and enter the seminary or convent right out of high school, many are entering later in life.
Indeed, discernment today can take a little longer — sometimes, a lot longer. In fact, during the last few decades, we have seen a growing trend toward what we might call “second career” vocations. Often, the perception of the Lord’s call comes during college, after graduation, or even after many years of work in a chosen profession. Is there a possibility that these men can become priests? The answer is: yes, absolutely!
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