The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. Mark 6:30-31, NRSV
And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases. Mark 1:33-34, NRSV
When Jesus was asked whether it was lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not (Mark 12:14), you may recall that he asked to see a coin, then asked whose image and inscription was on it. Upon hearing them say that it was Caesar’s, he said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” Mark 12:17, ASV
This site - Rendering Unto Caesar - was created to help address in some small way those often confusing, tiresome and burdensome tasks of rendering unto the secular authorities the things that are properly theirs.
In carrying out their ministry, clergy are on call throughout the day and evening. In their role of healer, they hear about human and spiritual suffering, anger, anxiety, anguish, depression, helplessness and estrangement from God. The work is never done. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:37, NRSV
And just as Christ took his disciples away to a separate and private place to rest and deal with their own health and well-being, so too clergy also need to find the time to deal with themselves and refresh. And to find ways to better deal with the secular world in which they live.
While many clergymen deal with these secular tasks, oftentimes if a clergyman is maried, his wife, or presvytera (the honorary title of a priest's wife in Greek), undertakes many of these responsibilities. The household finances, the paying of taxes, the keeping of accounts and making ends meet are among those tasks that often become confusing, tiresome and burdensome.
It is the hope that information provided here may be of some assistance in dealing with such secular tasks.
In addition, this site offers various resources that could be utilized for reflection, introspection, refreshment and guidance as well as information on the various programs available for clergy and their families with more specific information with regards to clergy serving the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Rendering Unto Caesar was formally launched on Friday, February 18, 2011.
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