It’s April first, also known as April Fools’ Day, when pranks and practical jokes abound.
I am not participating and am attempting to avoid as much of the folderol as possible.
I have never enjoyed pranks and let’s just say that I am not known for my sense of humor. Or maybe more accurately, I don’t have a broad sense of humor, which most April-Fools’-Day-ness requires.
My natural resistance to it is only part of the story. There are just too many serious circumstances and happenings right now – both on a national/international level and among family and friends – for me to spend time dealing with jokes and false news stories and such.
So, I’m opting out and trying to get my head together to deal with the remainder of Holy Week and Easter amidst the challenges of winter-becoming-spring.
2 thoughts on “April fool”
Joanne, I’ll share with you something I found on Facebook today. (I’ve asked permission from the author to share, but am still waiting.)
It is about a spiritual director who suggested that one way to “be with” Christ during these holy days is to imagine that Jesus was essentially a terminally ill individual. Any of us who’ve accompanied someone we love during their last days have found it to be an intimate time of sitting with, holding hands, letting go and forgiveness, all while being attentive to their needs and our own. I am so touched by this image. Rather than focusing on the horror of the passion, this focuses on the love and the relationship.
I found this so powerful. An antidote to foolishness and horror.
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Thank you, Pat, for sharing this special insight. Yes, focusing on love and relationship is always the way. I had just posted on FB that I am missing Holy Thursday services and I’m so grateful to have this image for meditation.