For the Third Tuesday in Advent: Gregory the Great on the ordained ministry
Again from Faith and Life, this is an excerpt from Gregory the Great on the devotion required for those who serve the Lord as ordained ministers:
Let us, who are bound by the duty of the Pastoral care, cultivate, while we can, the Lord’s field entrusted to us; let us sow in fear, while there is time; “let us not be weary of well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Let us be of those of whom the Psalmist said, “They went on their way weeping, casting their seed;” and he adds, to encourage us to hope for the fruit of that work, “They shall come with exultation, bearing their sheaves’.” Let us therefore be watchful; and abandoning earthly things, let us eagerly desire things heavenly. Let not our minds be distracted by a variety of secular interests, but let them wholly run and flow towards one end, which David, with marvellous sweetness, referred to when he said, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require; even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life!” Let this love melt the heart of the good Pastor.
–St. Gregory the Great, Epistle to Dominicus, Ep. vi. 64.
One must add that such a desire – to dwell in the house of the Lord all our days – should be true of all of us.