God’s way is truly not our way!

“Laughter is music of the spheres, language of the gods.”  And it's fine medicine.  Laughter exercises the face, shoulders, diaphragm, and  abdomen.  The breathing deepens, the heart rate rises, and the blood is more oxygenated.  Endorphins are released, pain thresholds are raised, and some studies suggest that even immune    systems are boosted. Norman Cousins, in Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient, tried laughter therapy, and found that ten minutes of hearty laughter could give him two hours of pain-free sleep. When you laugh, others laugh too.  Laughter is a contagious, highly effective, totally organic medicine.  It has no side effects, and no one is allergic to it.  Jesus may have burst into hearty laughter when he watched

Zacchaeus climb down from the sycamore tree.  Shouldn’t we too have a hearty laugh in the worshipping community in the real presence of our Lord?

A very innovative liturgy director, a young lady, danced the offertory procession in an attractive costume, playing the banjo. The bishop was presiding on this occasion of the pastor's golden jubilee Mass. As the "dancer" approached the altar the bishop whispered to the pastor: "If she asked for your head on a platter, she'd have it!"

Job, in today’s first reading, could no longer laugh.  For him, the entire human condition had become sad and hopeless, “My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle; they come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.” The Book of Job refutes the ancient belief that God rewards the good and punishes the wicked, because, in life, both the good such as Job, and the wicked suffer. It also teaches us that faith in God gives meaning to life even when suffering.  “Jesus Christ has taken the lead on the way of the cross. He has suffered first. He does not drive us toward suffering but shares it with us, wanting us to have life and to have it in abundance.”  Saint Pope John Paul II

Gods reveals this clearly in the Gospel.  After attending the synagogue on Sabbath, Jesus heals Simon’s  mother-in-law and many others with various illnesses.  The apostles were certainly excited to see their master attracting a huge crowd and becoming a popular hero.  Naturally, the people searched for him early in the morning the next day and asked him to return so he could heal more people.  And they were certainly shocked and disappointed with Jesus’ answer, "Let us move on to the neighboring villages, so that I may proclaim the Good News there also,”

God’s way is truly not our way!

                                                         - Fr. Ben


Susana Nieto