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Job's complaining, in the first Reading for Episcopal Proper 23, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, serves a theological purpose. He is trying to repudiate his role as Apprentice Angel because it seems to him his burden is too heavy. God does not answer his plea, and he is ashamed. It is humility that opens the gate to the Kingdom of Heaven, not pride.
On September 30, 2018, the texts assigned in the Episcopal liturgy (Proper 21) describe an Apprentice Angel Program, with God the leader of the Guardian Angels, and ourselves plainly marked as Apprentices learning Guardian Angel behavior from those Angels led by God. We explore this idea and find a parallel in Norse folklore.