Mass Readings: Acts 16:11-15/John 15:26–16:4a

A Healing Gift

Today we honor Philip Neri (1515-1595), a saint known for his sense of humor. His idea of what was funny tended toward the ridiculous . . . like walking around with half his beard shaved off! Here in America, a wholesome sense of humor tends toward dry wit, and it’s one of the things I love about this nation. (Graffiti seen on a bathroom wall: “‘God is dead.’—Nietzsche.” Then in different writing below that: “‘Nietzsche is dead.’—God.”)

Humor is a tool for not taking ourselves too seriously. It’s a way to pull ourselves out of internal melodramas. It’s a source of healing for ourselves and others. So . . . what kind of humor makes you laugh? What do you do to make others laugh? How do you use this gift from God?

Prayer: Creator God, thank You for the gift of laughter. Help me share it with others.