Heard a good story today.
In one Anglican Diocese the Bishop put together a conference for ordinary church people (technically, the ‘laity’), which left them enthused about what it means to serve God and to minister in his name. That’s no bad thing.
As the conference ended, each participant was invited forward and was anointed on their wrists. The purpose was to, symbolically and actually, acknowledge their calling to minister as members of the church. That’s a really good thing.
They left with the clear charge to go back to their parishes and work places and get on with the task of ministry. Simples!
They did so.
The ordained ministers got very troubled!
It led to progress and change in that Diocese for the good of all.
Here ends the parable.