Yesterday, lords were leaping and today pipers are piping. It must be days 10 and 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Do you think the lords were leaping for the ten commandments? That’s what tradition says. Or that the pipers were tuning up for the eleven faithful apostles (forget Judas)? Again, that’s the tradition.
The ten commandments always seem a bit heavy to me, not at all like lords leaping. And the disciples generally seem like a somewhat timid lot, not exactly known for making music, or noise.
But, it may just be that the Hebrews who first received the commandments from Moses were relieved, even joyful, to have a clear set of behavioral rules. And I suspect the apostles were a lot more jolly lot than we see in the gospels.
My favorite representations of Jesus show him laughing. I am sure he told jokes and laughed, and enjoyed others’ telling jokes. Jesus was not afraid of human emotion. Indeed, he was profoundly in touch with his own feelings, and intuited and encouraged others’.
Jesus’ mission, “I came that you may have life and have it abundantly,” is the statement of a man who wants us to enjoy life. And he wants us to do so in ways that empower others.
Let the lords leap, and the pipers pipe: Jesus Christ is born!