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Holy Hilarity Sunday

Easter is a time of deep surprise, the surprise of suddenly realizing that God makes all things right in ways we can never imagine. On this second Sunday of Easter, I hope you can continue to...
Today we celebrate the Risus Paschalis – God’s Easter laugh. The joke is on the devil. The joke is on all who still think that life is defined by birth and death. Jesus taught the early church how...
Laughter has been called God's holy medicine – the ancients thought it to be exercise for the soul. What a great idea, don’t you think? Laughter is exercise for the soul!
Michelangelo wrote rather indignantly in 1564 to his fellow artists: “Why do you keep filing gallery after gallery with endless pictures of the one ever-reiterated theme of Christ in weakness, of Christ upon the cross, of Christ dying, of...
Paul writes about a resurrection appearance of Jesus before an audience of over 500 people. One writer ruminates: “ 500-plus people react to an appearance by Jesus, the one who had been crucified and buried? Would they applaud...
Easter is seen as “God’s supreme joke played on that old imposter, death.” The early theologians called it “Risus Paschalis” – the Easter laugh. This theme has been passed down through the ages.
In many parts of the world, many Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox countries celebrate Easter Monday as a day of “joy and laughter” with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’s resurrection. It is called White Monday, Bright Monday, Dyngus...
Each year, more and more churches of all persuasions all over the United States, and in far corners of the world, are celebrating the Easter season in new ways. Urged on by the Fellowship of Merry...
The Risen Christ was the punch line of God’s Great Surprise. The resurrection of Jesus is the greatest surprise in the history of humanity. Until then, once people died and were buried, they stayed put. There is no...