Laughter: genuine, heartfelt, joyful laughter is both an attribute of God and a gift from God. I cannot hear today’s first reading from Genesis without hearing the next line in the passage: “and Sarah laughed”. She and Abraham would name their son Isaac, from a word meaning God smiles in Hebrew. Both Abraham and Sarah knew they were well beyond child-bearing age and they smiled/laughed with God at the thought of bearing a son.
God’s promises are often wildly beyond our imaginings. How can a peaceable Kingdom of Divine Love ever come upon this earth? How can my insignificant role in a world of 6 billion souls make a difference? When and where will mercy and truth embrace or justice and peace kiss? (Psalm 85:10)
Our three readings today indicate one of the pathways toward the joyful fulfillment of God’s design. Our role is to be good stewards of God’s gifts to us. We who have been blessed with much are called upon to offer open, generous hospitality to others. We are to share, to be selfless rather than selfish. Our ability to live lightly upon this earth, not grasping or hoarding, can free our hearts to be joyful; to smile and to laugh with God.
-Sister Lori High
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