Did you see the survey that says clergy are #1 in happiness in their work? Read it here
Thanks for that lead, Ann. I followed it back to the Forbes article, which included this comment … “This is what underlies the difference between the happiest jobs and the most hated jobs. One set of jobs feels worthwhile, while in the other jobs, people can’t see the point. ” Right on the button!
Thanks — having worked with day laborers when I was a teen – I know that the strong are taken first and the less able are chosen last. What joy for the “last” to be able to take home a full days wage when they thought they might not have anything to take home at the end of the day. Had not seen the part about the call for those who have worked all day to have joy that all needs are met — it is so easy to just think about me and mine. Seems that Jesus is always brining us up short when we get such a narrow focus. I appreciate the scriptural context – sometimes the lectionary bit gets disembodied from the whole – especially when we have the pre-printed sheets with just the reading.
Yes, I agree with you that the way most Anglicans encounter scripture nowadays, through the Sunday lectionary readings, is completely disjointed …Hence my project in this series, to build up a sense of the continuity and distinctive message of each Gospel as we spend a year focused on each. I have found that my congregations have appreciated this element in my sermons too, the cumulative effect of hearing about the liyterary and social contexts of the texts before us. One downside is that even my most passionate sermons have been referred to as “lectures” …
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