It was awful

Being a Christian can put you on the receiving end of some odd stereotypes.  Some of them even contradict each other.  Most of them make no sense at all. 

A common one?  That Christians are grim, dull, and have no sense of humor.  That being a Christian means never having any fun.  That having faith means having a horrible, creeping fear that someone, somewhere is enjoying themselves. 

Which is nonsense. 

Like I need to tell you that.  You already know that your faith has been and will be the source of some of the most joyful moments in life. 

But there are things we should be sad about, upset about.  If we really understand what they mean.  And we see a glimpse of that in Sunday's first reading (Nehemiah). 

More on this tomorrow.   Readings for Sunday