Sunday Faith Blog

This Sunday Blog is dedicated to HUMOR….

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl.”
The priest asks, “Is that you, little Joey Pagano?”
“Yes, Father, it is.”
“And who was the girl you were with?”
“I can’t tell you, Father. I don’t want to ruin her reputation.”
“Well, Joey, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?”
“I cannot say.”
“Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?”
“I’ll never tell.”
“Was it Nina Capelli?”
“I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.”
“Was it Cathy Piriano?”
“My lips are sealed.”
“Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?”
“Please, Father! I cannot tell you.”
The priest sighs in frustration. “You’re very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you’ve sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself.”
Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, “What’d you get?”
“Four months vacation and five good leads…”

I HAVE TO LAUGH AT THIS:   I did a search for “Did Jesus have a sense of humor?” and the Billy Graham site addresses it with this:

“…think for a moment about the image Jesus used to describe how hard it is for a proud, self-confident rich person to enter the Kingdom of God. He said it would be like a camel trying to go through the eye of a needle (see Luke 18:25). Can you imagine His audience not laughing as they tried to picture this in their minds? I can’t. His point was serious—but He used an exaggerated, humorous image to get it across.”

I’m thinking that if that’s the only example Graham’s people can come up with, then…no, humor wasn’t probably big to Jesus!

Another site said “People thought things were funny that we don’t find funny today.”  Another site said “When Nathanael said ‘nothing good comes out of Nazareth,’ Jesus didn’t get angry…he probably was amused.”  Well….maybe!  I hope so.  With all the sad things Jesus saw, with constantly being hounded by the Pharisees and Sanhedrin and many of the common people, why would humor be tops on His list?

But, that’s okay!  He had saving our souls on His mind and I’m down with that!!!

(I’m thinking He’s probably laughing at us NOW!)

Happy Sunday!

Z

 

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11 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. bocopro says:

    Visiting your shrink is kinda like confession without the ego te absolvo. I think a lotta people look upon confession more like a get-out-of-jail-free card.

    Years ago I used to have frequent conversations with a young priest, Father Gray, who told me that to some types of personality, absolution is a kind of post-facto authorization to do bad things, much like Joey’s take on it.

    A song by Brook Benton was popular in those days, can’t remember the name of it, but one repeated idea in it was “one day of prayer for six nights of sin.” Priest said that’s not how it’s meant to work. It should redeem you for mistakes or bad decisions, but not for being a libertine or a petty crook.

    Said some willfully do stuff they know is wrong ‘cause they’re confident they’ll be forgiven for it and not lose any money, liberty, or sleep over it. He also said that he’s pretty sure many of the older people who go to the older priests to confess just want someone to listen to them out of loneliness.

    I do my confessing to my wife, who then goes to church and prays for me. For many years she and I took long road trips (Pensacola to Indianapolis, Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, Orlando).

    As a natural blabberer/philosopher, I kept my energy level up by discussing issues with her about family, finances, future projects, our children/grandchildren, and such. Anxieties, dangers, brainstorms, regrets . . . . .

    Told her LOTSA stuff I’ve never told anyone else, which is one of the benefits of a stable husband/wife relationship I reckon, knowing that she’d keep it to herself.

    Gotta admit, some of the stuff I let her know about relieved my mind at times, took a load off my conscience, made me feel better. Sure made the trip time go faster, too.

    But our lives are inextricably interlaced, so what goes on in one head can have huge effects on the other, and cooperation usually works better than secrecy. No way I’d want to sit in a closet and listen to other people’s transgressions and snafus when I know they’re there only for the free pass. But if it concerns both of us, well . . . . it’s a good thing. And she always forgives me . . . sooner or later.

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  2. kidme37 says:

    God definitely has a sense of humor.

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  3. MAL says:

    Does God having a sense of humor? Look at one of his creations: The laughing hyena!

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  4. bunkerville says:

    Well if we are to believe we were created in God’s image…….. Genesis as I recall…

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  5. Bob says:

    I don’t know if God has a sense of humor as we know it. I once joked that God made a mistake by creating man because we have distorted Him beyond recognition. This was said when I was a young man, full of myself, and thought I was impervious to the dangers of the world. Old age can be a blessing because sometimes actual wisdom comes with age because as older folks we have a perspective young people will not have for a long time.

    Bocopro speaks wisdom, but he leaves out one thing. She always finds out. Love is knowing when it’s time to say your are sorry. 🙂

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  6. Baysider says:

    God made us in His image. While we go off the rails and don’t display that at times, I’m sure humor is one of His characteristics! (Except maybe in the Islamic world where dark forces have worked for centuries to quash God’s reality.)

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  7. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro…I totally get that you’re not a believer…so I understand what you write is what you believe…it’s not what most Christians believe…I’m glad your wife forgives you. I’m really really glad Jesus forgives me and I never EVER looked at it as a ‘get out of jail free card,’ believe me! That’s the great thing about most Christians; we know we’ve got a sin nature and we just keep trying to do better but we know He forgives. ..which is no big deal if you don’t believe in Hell, of course 🙂

    BUnkerville…Genesis, yes…if we believe Scripture, we believe that….exactly!

    Bob, Bocopro speaks his wisdom, definitely.

    Baysider..and, of course, the god of Islam is in NO WAY our God.

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  8. bocopro says:

    Father Gray estimated that perhaps 10% of young people today (back then “today”) don’t really take confession seriously. He felt that the older generation of Catholics believed in the vicarious connection through the priest, but many younger kids’ faith is tenuous and exists only because of pressure from family elders. I think that’s getting worse and worse today.

    The Catholic kids I grew up with in the 40s and 50s were very serious about it, all of ’em, and being from a small backwater town, I had no real-world experience. But he introduced me to a category of Catholics (this was in San Francisco in the 60s, BTW) of which I hadn’t really been aware or even thought of.

    He also told me that many of his colleagues and associates had periods of disgust and discouragement with many part-timers, the “Christmas and Easter Catholics” as he called ’em.

    One day in a serious moment I asked him about crises of faith amongst the priesthood. He said many go through them from time to time, not really crises or doubts, but frustrations; but most get through it o.k. He said that some of his friends don’t buy into the concepts of hell and damnation popularized by Dante and Hollywood but they’re all convinced that evil exists and they are on the front lines in the fight against it, no matter what form it takes.

    Incidentally, I met him in Redwood Park where he was playing softball with a bunch of braceros. When they finished playing, they guys I was with offered them glasses of beer from the keg we’d brought with us. Father Gray had a couple himself. The Chicanos liked him ’cause he spoke Tex-Mex as well as Latin.

    That’s what started our relationship . . . I said I’d never met a priest who drank beer and played ball, especially a blonde-haired one who spoke Spanish. Very practical guy, but still took his vicarage seriously.

    Best advice he ever gave me boiled down to this: Don’t fool yourself that you can understand it all. Nobody can. Just admire the beauty, enjoy it, and respect it.

    Made a lotta sense to me. Awfully close to what Pastor Lemmon (Baptist preacher) told me years earlier. He also told us one night at Sunday dinner (that was back in the days when preachers came to visit and have meals with their flock) that just like medicine, religion should be taken in moderation. In other words, taken too far it can be dangerous.

    I was too young to get the implication then, but later I figured it out . . . about the same time I figured out where my grandparents got the wisdom and advice they were always giving me in homilies and proverbs and aphorisms.

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  9. kidme37 says:

    I haven’t sinned since 1999. fwiw.

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  10. Law and Order Teacher says:

    I’ve grown Catholic. I went to Catholic schools all through HS and got my MA at a Catholic university. All through my life I’ve learned that religion leaves a lot to be desired. I think religion is more personal than group, although group worship has its place. I have tried to adhere as best I can to the Church teachings but this Pope is trying my patience. I enjoy Mass for the ceremony and the music and the time spent worshipping with my brother. The personal relationship with God and Jesus is what counts in my book. I do read the Bible.

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  11. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro…I don’t know that many take religion too far….If I had to think about it, I’d say some Christians get carried away, but the ones I know don’t….Believing the Bible isn’t ‘taking it too far’ …actually, it’s the absolutely only way we can even know who God is and what He wants for us.

    “He said that some of his friends don’t buy into the concepts of hell and damnation” Oh, great…Catholic priests who don’t know Scripture! 🙂 Well, we are ALL doubters, that’s for sure!
    I also don’t know a Christian who doesn’t from time to time…if we didn’t have occasional doubt, we wouldn’t need FAITH. Only seeing with our eyes can take it from FAITH to FACT…and Hebrews says we’re blessed to believe without seeing.
    I will say, on the subject of hell and damnation, I believe we don’t know for sure…though it’s pretty clear in Scripture….and that miracles can happen from the death bed to…………..wherever! 🙂

    LAW AND ORDER: “The personal relationship with God and Jesus is what counts in my book. I do read the Bible.” you got it RIGHT THERE.
    RELIGION is ZIP….and I am sorry about Catholicism in that so many turn away…it’s the BUSINESS of the Catholic church, including this VERY patience-trying pope, which is questionable, not the faith!!

    Kid, I laughed out loud! AND I BELIEVE YOU! 🙂

    You know, it’s funny; I sound like a religious zealot here and I’m SO NOT….The older I get, the stronger I believe; this last week brought me to my knees in gratitude 10 times…mini miracles (and no, not literally…I’m not a knee prayer!) …I think LIFE is more a testimony for Faith than any Church or Book can be, frankly.

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