Between Heaven and Mirth

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

James Martin, SJ, a lifelong Catholic, a Jesuit for over 20 years, and a priest for 10 years, reveals the humor in the Bible, and explains how joy, humor, and laughter help us to live more spiritual lives, understand ourselves and others better. In Between Heaven and Mirth Father Martin illustrates examples of healthy humor and purposeful levity in the stories of biblical heroes and heroines, and in the lives of the saints and the world’s great spiritual masters.


James Martin, SJ

Comments [7]

Ed from Larchmont

A funny episode in the Gospels is occasioned not by Jesus but by a scribe: he asks Jesus 'Teacher, which of the laws is the most important?'

Jesus replied: 'You shall love your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself. This is the Law and the prophets.'

And the scribe replied, 'Teacher, that is well said.'

This is very funny because the Holy Spirit, in the unity of the Father and the Son, wrote the Scriptures. Glad the scribe approved!

(Jesus later says to him 'you are not far from the kingdom of God' because he followed these two commands.)

Dec. 15 2011 08:06 AM
Ed from Larchmont

St. Theresa put tuberculosis in her mouth? I doubt it.

Dec. 14 2011 08:34 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Hollywood isn't anti-Catholic? Hollywood will put out whatever people will buy, and if anti-Catholicism sells, they'll make it. We have to not buy it.

Dec. 14 2011 08:32 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

to Amy of Manhattan

Reform Rabbis are just failed standup comedians.
Just like the priest who was just on.

Dec. 13 2011 01:26 PM
Amy from Manhattan

The rabbi at the Reform Jewish temple my family went to during my childhood once said, "Nowhere in the Bible does it say, "You must worship God with a straight face."

Dec. 13 2011 01:23 PM
Sher from Manhattan

One of the Best examples of Jesus's humor is his quip about "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven" !

Dec. 13 2011 01:16 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Tell your guest that there was no "1st century Palestinian culture" because the name of the country he's referring to was the province of JUDEA under Roman rule, and remained as such until the second century, when in 135 AD, after the last Jewish revolt was crushed at the cost of 800,000 dead Jews, that the name was change by Emperor Hadrian to Syria-Palestina. The name "Palestina" was not applied until the second century. If there is little humor in the Hebrew bible, there are reasons for it.

Dec. 13 2011 01:13 PM

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