Restraint

photo by Josh Scholten

So we sit perhaps in a starry chamber of silence, while the laughter of the heavens is too loud for us to hear… The tremendous figure which fills the Gospels… never concealed His tears. Yet He concealed something… He never restrained His anger… Yet He restrained something… There was something that He hid from all men when He went up a mountain to pray. There was something that He covered constantly by abrupt silence or imperious isolation. There was some one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth.
G.K. Chesterton in his closing words of Orthodoxy

There is humor in the Bible –irony, puns, absurdities, parodies, paradox–yet we miss hearing the laughter of the heavens as we are simply too close to the joke to get it.  In fact, we are likely the punch line of the joke more often than not.  God shows remarkable restraint when it comes to observing the hilarious antics of His children.  We don’t see verses such as, “Jesus laughed” or “Jesus smiled” or “Jesus stifled a chuckle”  even though He surely had plenty of opportunity.

We often take ourselves too seriously.   A little joy can’t hurt.

A lot of joy is hearing the laughter of heaven itself.

 

One thought on “Restraint

  1. Father Jack Krier , has been a priest for 43 years as of today June 7th.
    We enjoyed a special Mass this morning ,with a brunch in the fellowship hall afterwards,
    G.K.Chesterton is one of my favorites to read,
    what a spell binding speaker he was !
    As I read this wonderful reflection tonight, it was such a joy to end my day with the peace you bring to us sharing your thoughts …thanks again.
    from the eastern side of the great state of Washington. :>)

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