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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Don't tell me God doesn't have a sense of Humor

I've always been amused by the story in Luke 24 re: the Risen Jesus and the disciples on the way to Emmaus. Firstly, because I've always wondered what Jesus was doing hiking to the podunk town of Emmaus to begin with, and secondly his exchange with said disciples.

Essentially -

Jesus: So, anything new happening in town?
Cleophas: Geez, man, what have you been living under a ROCK or something?

Jesus HAD to have been laughing inside when he said that.

It's not a quality to scriptures directly attribute to Jesus, but I think the speakers we are often most attracted most often make their "points" with humor. I'm not saying Jesus was a stand up comedian by any means, but I think he had this human attribute.

I also like his exchange with the Samaritan woman. He knew darn well he was going to grant her request beforehand, but essentially, "Why should I give food to you dogs in preference to the choosen people?" And she said that the children fed the food to the dogs under the table. I can see him laughing and saying "Okay."


Anonymous said...

God has a sense of humour alright! I just KNOW He laughs at me sometimes (often).

Mark said...

That reminds me of what GK Chesterton once said: "There was something that He hid from all men when He went up a mountain to pray. There was something that He covered constantly by abrupt silence or impetuous isolation. There was some one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth".

gemoftheocean said...

:-D Mark, absolutely. Thanks for the quote, I confess I haven't read much Chesterton. I've been SAVING him!

Mum6 - I swear sometimes He gets up and says "How can I mess with Karen TODAY?"

Personally,I've always wondered what it was Jesus did around the house that had Mary (and as far as I know, Joseph) sure that he'd be able to come up with extra wine at Cana. Were they sitting there one night when mom hadn't made it to the shops on time "Son, boy, I wish I had just a little more pasta and we could stretch this Bolognese out one more day."

Then lo and behold this never ending store of pasta for a while. Well, maybe not never ending, but enough to tide the family over so mom wouldn't be in the dog house.

I can see Jesus and the disciples walking along the shore of Galilee and Jesus pushing John in, for instance.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

God has a great sense of humor, though sometimes, I'm sitting there reading the Bible thinking...Jesus had a lot of patience, Road to Emmaus perfect example.

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