For me, the above stained glass window at St. David’s calls to mind . . . . . . . oh, man, . . . . . . . I have no clue. I mean, I see the cross, but, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why it’s coming out of a flower?!?!? And why is there a sun in the center of it? I suppose I could have just made something up, but I don’t think I could have typed it with a straight face. It would have just been a big joke.
And maybe that’s the point today – to celebrate the gift of humor and laughter, because I believe that humor and laughter are gifts from God that can make significant contributions to both our physical and mental health. I mean, humor and laughter have a way of cleansing us from discouragement, anger, apathy, and grief, and freeing us from self-consciousness, anxiety, and stress. In fact, learning how to adopt a lighter attitude and see the funny side of everyday situations often helps give us the resilience we need to cope with some of the tougher times of our lives. I recently read article describing an ancient Russian Orthodox tradition, where families would sit around the Easter dinner table and tell jokes to each other. They’d even tell these jokes in church. They told these jokes on Easter in celebration of the great and cosmic joke that God pulled over on Satan with the resurrection - that with the death of Jesus, Satan thought that he had won, but then, to everyone’s surprise, God raised Jesus from the dead, and now the whole world can laugh with joy.
So, following this ancient tradition, and in this same spirit of laughter and joy from the good news of Easter, I have some stories that I’d like to share with you that I found on the internet: