We are funny. Before I explain why, I wanted to share a facebook message thread between myself and some friends who were preparing for our Antioch retreat.
But, Heaven is outside of time, so if you can’t, no worries. May God make us humble of heart and earnest in spirit!
And then the entire earth will explode.
Now this isn’t exactly the average humorous conversation, or the average conversation, period, but it serves my point. Which is that it’s funny to be Catholic. But before that, as with most things, it’s funny to be human. If humor is found in incongruity, then we are the greatest joke around. A rather awkward clash of beast and god, we’re the original “what do you get when you cross a ___ with a ____” joke. We don’t quite fit; we’re the only animals unsatisfied with our home on earth, constantly fighting with our own fallen nature.
If humor is found in the unexpected, we should crack ourselves up when we pass each other on the street. There is nothing quite so startling, quite so very shocking as another human being, and one walking around at that. All of us were quite unexpectedly saved by a God who loves us. All of us are miracles of grace.
If humor is simply that which doesn’t make sense, well that’s true too. The love of God makes no sense whatsoever. That’s a fact I’m often hit with in Adoration, actually, that the love of God is crazy stupid, by all practical measurements. I’ve often laughed out loud, not at God, but with God, full of incomprehension of his divine love, reduced to saying, WHY? Why do you love screw-ups and scorners? Who knows. The riddles of God are more satisfying then the answers of man.
So be joyful!