August 7. Breadwinning. Johnson, from Justice and Peace one day asked who in their families were breadwinners and also the main ones. They were not surprised to find that almost all the men did have that responsibility and many but not all of the women. Irrespective of the issue of gender balance as they listened to one another it was enlightening to share on how heavy a burden they each felt this to be. “Do you ever pray in your families about this?” he asked.
Reflect, share, act. Scripture Moses said to the Lord, “I am not able to carry all this people alone, the burden is too heavy for me.” Numbers 11:4b-15. “Man” is presented as a labourer who works the earth, harnesses the forces of nature and produces the bread of anxious toil in addition to cultivating his own gifts and talents. AL 23 We can appreciate the suffering created by unemployment and the lack of steady work as reflected in the Book of Ruth. AL 25