This is part of the stewardship which is entailed in a vocation to diocesan priesthood. Unlike a religious, a secular or diocesan priest lives in the saeculum, the world, he does not withdraw from it. Administration and stewardship are entailed in the vocation. I get nervous of those who have a 'consecrated hands' view of priesthood - the idea that a priest's consecration means that temporal work is somehow beneath his dignity. As one seminary Rector put it, "Where's that in the Bible?" Our Lord worked for the years of his hidden life. He, the great High Priest, dedicated the best part of his life to manual labour. We shouldn't be surprised, therefore, if diocesan priesthood sometimes requires of us that we roll up our sleeves in order to get done whatever needs to be done.
That, of course, is a digression because there was no manual labour to be done today. Instead I had the rather more pleasant task of going through the papers of the six men who are applying for the priesthood in Southwark this year. Please keep them in your prayers.