When Jesus walked this earth, do you think he was funny? I know it's an odd question, but sometimes I wonder.
The Gospels are pretty dry and straightforward. There are no back stories of what might be happening behind the scenes. There are no moments of camaraderie. But I wonder if our Lord didn't have a sense of humor, would anyone have followed Him for three years? Would anyone even want to be around Him? Would the "little children" have come to Him if He hadn't smiled at them? I bring this up because I think as His people, we've lost our sense of humor.
Our Church and Her people have suffered much in the wake of the scandal. Nothing about that is funny, nor is our economy. I understand that we have forty days of Lent which is a solemn time to reflect before the burst of the joyous celebration of Easter. But what happened to the other 325 days of the liturgical year?
Advent of course, is a time of celebration, but what happened to "ordinary time?" Is it really all that ordinary? Shouldn't the every day be celebrated as well? If we want to attract people to the Catholic faith or bring back those who have been hurt I think we're going to need to smile. I think we're going to have to celebrate every time we go to Mass.
Otherwise, no one's going to want to be around us.