St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday17th March 2013
A good laugh!
I always enjoy Comic Relief and Red Nose day – I like to see newsreaders telling jokes and comedians dancing! I think that the idea of raising money by having fun and making people laugh is great – it’s a win-win situation that we all benefit from.
I love to make people laugh, even in church - which is a surprise to some people who expect us to be very serious! And it’s more than just a nice thing to do. Scientists tell us that laughing has a direct beneficial effect on our immune systems, it boosts our energy and it can even diminish pain - and laughing helps us to cope with stress. So the more we do it the better!
It’s a great day when the baby smiles at us; at 16 months, my grand daughter Eve has learnt to take a swig from her mug then go ‘ Aaaaaaaah’ and she does it over and over again because it makes us laugh.
There’s a long history of the role of jester, or fool; in days gone by, men were employed by the King to make the people of the court laugh, entertaining them with stories, riddles, acrobatics and so on – but, while making them laugh, the jester had also a responsibility to draw attention to the things that were wrong; wrapped up in the stories and jokes were some serious points and important issues.
I think that Jesus had a brilliant sense of humour and I’m sure it was part of His attraction; I’ll bet people laughed when he talked about rich men and the eye of the needle! And of course, what we find amusing, we remember.
So let’s enjoy what makes us laugh – and if we can collect a few pounds to help those who need it most,
that makes the joke even better!