The story of Abraham and Sarah entertaining the Lord (or three angels, depending on how you interpret this story) is one of my favourite Old Testament tales. The Lord appeared to Abraham it says in Genesis 18 and when Abraham looked up he saw three men. He immediately runs from the tent to greet them and bows down to the ground as if he knew that he was in the presence of someone holy. He hastens to Sarah and tells her to prepare a little feast. He serves the meal and one of them asks where his wife is. They learn that she is within earshot and deliver the awesome but incredulous message that Sarah will bear a son. Sarah laughs in response to this announcement and when she is challenged she denies she did.
The thought of her now as an old woman finally having this pleasure makes her laugh. How many times have we shaken our heads in disbelief at something and laughed at the impossibility of the idea, even if it is something we really want? We are fools for Christ and sometimes as in today’s Gospel it makes us do outrageous things such as the centurion asking Jesus to cure his servant but not expecting him to enter his house to do so. In the responsorial canticle of Luke 1–Mary’s canticle–we have Mary magnifying the Lord and turning the world order upside down. I am sure she and Elizabeth laughed long and hard at the thought of her words becoming a reality.
What is it in your life that causes you to laugh at the absurdity of it all? When you encounter the Divine, what happens with what you hold dearest? Can you believe that as crazy as it sounds, God has already designed it to be brought about?