PRESCRIPT: This year, I was generously invited to give the Keynote Address to the Uniting Church Vic/Tas Synod Justice and International Mission (JIM) Unit’s Annual Conference. The Conference theme was: “Making Working Lives Better: A Christian Perspective on the Future of Work”. What follows is an extended version of the text of my Address: “extended” in the sense that it contains additional material which I deleted from my delivered speech for timing reasons, but which I nonetheless think is relevant.
May the grace and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be with you all.
A reading from the Gospel According to Luke:
Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day?” When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing. Continue reading “Theology of Work: A Reflection”