Do you think God has a sense of humor?
Easter is God’s last laugh on death. Earlier theologians like Augustine, Gregory of Nysa, and John Chrysostom, mused that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. They called it “risis paschalus,” or the “Easter laugh.”
Bright Sunday is actually a very old tradition of many Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches celebrating the Sunday after Easter as a day of joy and laughter. This Sunday you are invited to keep the resurrection party going because Jesus is the life of the party.
How you can prepare for Bright Sunday:
- Practice smiling and laughing a lot
- Begin rejoicing in God now (no need to wait)
- Invite someone who likes to laugh
- Invite some who NEEDS to laugh
- And wear something bright, loud and cheerful
And to get you in the mood please read the following:
I have come that your joy may be full. John 15:11
Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:21
The One whose throne is in heaven sits laughing. Psalms 2:4
For the joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice. Phil. 4:4
Well done good and faithful servant enter inter into the joy of your master. Matthew 25:21
And if that is not enough joy, we will celebrate baptism and reception of new members, so come out and enjoy the fun.