Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jesus Laughing

People have been asking me about my comment on the laughing Jesus picture. There are many of them out there. Check here to see some of the common ones.
This one has long been a favorite of mine. Looks like he is just throwing his head back, laughing.
Of course Jesus laughed. He was human. And he was God. And he must have enjoyed the life he created.
If we laugh and we are made in the image of God, well, then God must laugh. After all, we give him plenty of reasons to!


Jean Wise said...

I love this picture. I think the Lord takes much more joy in us than we ever realize.

Colleen said...

Amen to that!
I was just thinking of going to visit your blog and here you are! God bless!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Thanks for posting that picture. I agree, it is the best of all at the link you gave.

I hadn't ever thought of Jesus having a sense of humor until I read Eugenio Zolli's book "The Nazarene". Zolli was the chief rabbi of Rome who converted to Catholicism because of what Pope Pius XII did to save the Jews. As a preeminent Jewish scholar of the time, his insights into Jesus and His preaching are valuable to understanding how Jesus delivered His message. He knew how to delight His audience and no doubt that had something to do with the large crowds that followed Him.

Colleen said...

Barb, that book sounds interesting. I may need to check it out.
Another thing I think of is that verse from Zephaniah 3:17-18 about the Lord singing joyfully and rejoicing over us with gladness.
God bless!

Karinann said...

Thanks for this one Colleen. I think we forget that because Jesus was human, he did have a sense of humor. I agree we certainly give God plenty to laugh and smile over. I think the Apostles may have given Him His fair share as well :)

Colleen said...

Karinann, that is true! Especially Peter! Hugs and blessings!

Anne said...

I saw a talk this week by Fr. James Martin who wrote "My Life with the Saints." The topic of the talk was "Laughing with the Saints." It was one funny story after another! His purpose was to encourage us to be joyful. He asked, "Have you ever laughed with God in your prayer?" I'm sure my answer to that would have been no. I'll have to work on being joyful and less serious, even in prayer!

Colleen said...

Anne, someone I once heard speak said that "religious" people often go around looking like they are "baptized in pickle juice!" I laughed, but I began to realize that it was often true. I think sometimes people make the mistake of thinking that reverence means solemnity. Sometimes yes, but sometimes worship and prayer should be more joyful!
I love Fr. Martin's books so I found him on You tube and watched the beginning of that talk. Very good!! Cannot wait to get to the rest of it. Thanks.

Kathleen@so much to say, so little time said...

I did a Bible study in grad school in which the leader made the comment that Jesus must have been a man of extraordinary charisma--which is not the picture we get from Scripture. Although I know many would take issue with the part about Scripture, it relaly rang true with me. I think often we get so wrapped up in making him holy that we rob him of the part that makes him relate: his humanity. All those Jesus of Nazareth kind of portrayals, with the man who looks all Charleton Heston epic, but so very, very far removed from human experience. I like these pictures, too. Although I'm still waiting for the picture that makes him look Middle Eastern. :)

Colleen said...

Kathleen, one of those pictures made Jesus look a little middle eastern, sort of. :)
I agree that we forget to see his humanity and also that he must have been charismatic. People flocked to hear him speak.
Thanks for your comment! God bless!

Mary333 said...

Great picture! I love looking at pictures of Jesus laughing or smiling. Years ago one of my friends gave me a picture of Jesus smiling and it's my favorite!

I am very behind on my posting this week and wasn't able to get a Sabbath Moment post up. I usually prepare it on Friday because I work on Saturdays but I spent the day with my father instead. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back on track track next week!

Colleen said...

Oh Mary, don't worry. I am glad you spent the day with your father. Much more important. Hope he is better. Prayers and hugs!

Carol@simple_catholic said...

I love this this picture of Jesus laughing!

Sometimes I'll do something dumb or I'll watch my son playing and being silly and I'll just picture Jesus laughing and smiling down on us! :)

Colleen said...

Carol, me too! I think Jesus laughs at us often, with love, of course. :)