So the Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop and says, ‘Can you make me one with everything?’

My favourite bits are the Dalai Lama saying, “theoretically possible”, and the presenter at the end who still doesn’t get the joke: “you should have said make me one with the lot”!

I recently sat in a noisy pub where someone told the joke, “Photons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic.” An intelligent graduate didn’t get the joke, had never heard the word “Mass” used for the Eucharist. It was almost as painful as watching the above clip to witness the attempt to explain the joke.

In the gospels Jesus tells a real carpenter, building-site type joke about a guy with a plank stuck in his eye trying to get a speck of sawdust out of his mate’s eye. [You can visualise the log longer than the guy’s arm making even reaching the other’s eye impossible!]

Jesus tells a few of these rather dark, exaggerated jokes – another well known one of his is about the people who strain to filter a bug out of their drink, but they don’t filter out a camel and end up swallowing the camel.

Many people seem to miss a lot of Jesus’ jokes because they have a very glum picture of what Jesus must have been like.

Religious/spiritual insight is a lot like getting a joke. There’s that moment when you get it. And a lot of people – don’t. And trying to explain religious/spiritual insight is a lot like trying to explain a joke.

source of images: Jesus the Jester (Looking at Jesus)

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