Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Don't Forget To Laugh...

     G.K.Chesterton has a memorable passage in one of his books describing what could indeed be Christ's final human reaction to the continual befuddlement of his disciples--uncontrollable laughter. If you have ever seen The Passion According To St Matthew by Pasolini (an avowed communist) you get a good idea of what it must have been like---the disciples are usually running behind a Christ who is striding ahead, looking very purposeful and determined;they are always trying to catch up, and the rest of the time they are obviously struggling  to comprehend this astonishing and puzzling Person whom they cannot figure out and keep trying to pin down, with whom they are absolutely besotted. Kind of reminds me  of Christians today---we try so hard to understand Christ, give him dimensions and manageability, only to end up with this  annoying bewildered feeling...
     But as Lucy says at least once in the Narnia books about
Aslan, "He's not a tame lion."
     Pope Francis exemplifies this. Not the least in his offbeat sense of humor and the way life catches him in moments when it looks like God is expressing his delight, too. Today a balloon flew in front his face at the General Audience.

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