Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalms 66:1-7,16-20: I Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21
Many years ago, it was the custom in some Churches for the congregation to assemble shortly after Easter for a festival. A food-fest would be prepared, and there was folk-dancing in the Church courtyard. One of the festival highlights would occur inside the Church, where the people got together for telling jokes and sharing humorous stories.
The custom was seen as a fitting way in which to celebrate the “big joke” which God played on Satan, in the Resurrection. “What might have been interpreted as the unfolding of a great tragedy on Good Friday was now seen as giving a comic ending. Comedy, not tragedy, had the last word.”1
“Rejoice in the Lord … you must be happy and rejoice with me,” the Apostle Paul exhorts his fellow Christians. “I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord. I repeat, what I want is your happiness,” he tells them (Phil. 4:4).
In Chapter Fifteen of John’s Gospel, Jesus says to His disciples,…
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