In the Gospel for the Memorial of St. Peter Claver, Jesus teaches the Beatitudes. “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh” (Luke 6: 20-21). Jesus’ words give me great comfort. My father died when I was a teenager. I cry when miss him. I laugh when I remember funny stories about him. This tension between tears and laughter, poverty and riches, hunger and satisfaction is the Paschal Mystery. A disciple of Christ takes up the cross in life’s difficulties and lives into new life now and after death. I bear the cross of grief. God’s gift of laughter revives me. Laughter is a foretaste of heaven where there will be no more tears or sorrows. How have you experienced God’s gift of laughter?
Archives for the month of: September, 2015