The Irreverent Humor of Jesus

One of the things that is rarely mentioned about Jesus is that he had an amazing sense of humor! He was irreverent and loved to laugh and bring out the joy in others.

For example: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” ~ Mark 10:25. That’s ridiculous and funny. I can see him smiling and just hear him laughing as he said it.

Another example: “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” ~ Matthew 15:14. Just picture it. Two people with blind folds on, trying to lead and be the boss over the other with a giant pit before them and they both fall into it! Who’s the Man?! Who’s your Daddy?! Slap stick comedy. It never gets old.

Jesus may not have been the Jerry Seinfeld of his day, says James Martin, S.J., but his original audience would have thought he was funny:

Think of it this way: the time from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion represent only about a week in Jesus’s life.  Most of the rest of his ministry—which lasted from one to three years–was often spent doing joyful things: sharing meals with disciples, welcoming those on the margins of society, healing the sick and preaching the “Good News.”  Along the way, he showed some good humor.

Where?  Well, we may not notice it because we’re too removed from it—culturally and temporally.  In Jesus’s time, for example, his parables were probably not seen as just clever but, as Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., professor of New Testament of Boston College told me, “hilarious.”

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One Response to The Irreverent Humor of Jesus

  1. myriamsofialluria says:

    Thanks for this post…love it! I think God has an amazing sense of humor….a dear friend who is a Christian missionary always tells me God is a very funny guy!! I can attest to that too!

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