John Powell, SJ, once said, “If you’re happy, let your face know.” It is a reminder to look in the mirror occasionally and see if we look like someone who believes the Good News of the Gospel, someone who believes in God’s unconditional love for us, someone who truly believes the Easter mysteries we have just celebrated: Jesus’ triumph over sin and death.
There was an ancient tradition in the church that the Monday after Easter was “Joke Day.” In honor of the Good News of the Resurrection, Christians told jokes to each other. Since we are still in the Easter season, I’m offering some items that I hope bring a smile to your face. Let’s begin with a few things little children have said:
A father was telling his 6-year-old daughter that someday she would have feelings for boys. She said, “I already have feelings for boys. He said, “Really?” “Yes,” she replied, “They make me mad.”
A four-year-old asked his mother, “Can we get a kitten?” She said, “No, I’m allergic. We can’t be in the same house.” He said, “You could sleep outside.”
A 5-year-old said, “Grandma is so good with kids, why doesn’t she have any of her own?”
And here are three comments kindergartners made to their teachers:
“You’re pretty–for an old person.”
“You aren’t as mean as some kids say you are–only loud.”
“I named my bunny after you.”
Let’s move on to three short videos. The first is a video of a 70-year-old woman who–in the midst of hurricane strength wind and rain, dutifully returned her grocery cart to the corral in the parking lot at Walmart:
She was featured on the news for her good deed. Walmart awarded her a trophy with a little grocery cart on it and free groceries for a year–and the groceries would be delivered to her car! Coincidentally, the name of the place where this happened is Hurricane, West Virginia! (Do you always put the cart into the cart corral?… just wondering!)
Video #2 shows a 19-year-old young man giving CPR to an injured squirrel. The action was caught by police body camera and reported by the local news.
And now, here’s Mary Maxwell, delivering the invocation for the “Home Instead” dinner. I think you’ll enjoy her 7 minute prayer to God about growing older:
PS: A big thank you to all the men and women who attended the retreat day for the St. Petersburg Diocese last Saturday in Tampa. About 80 people came–and they inspired me by their presence and their various ministries in the Church. Thank you to Sabrina for inviting me and for taking care of so many of the details for the day. Also, I enjoyed my time with Pat Livingston and her husband Howard… and with all the SND’s ministering in Florida. And finally, special thanks to Sisters Donna and Renetta for their wonderful hospitality!
If you’d like to respond to today’s reflection and/or videos, please do so below. In keeping with the joyful Easter spirit, perhaps you might have a joke or two to share with us. We always love hearing from you!