6pm Evensong, Sunday 1st April (Easter Day)
The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt
Christ Foolery: The Ministry of the Fool in The Christian Tradition
Crucified Fool from the ceramic sculpture “The Monkey King”.
When writing to the Church in Corinth, Paul referred to himself and his companions as being fools for Christ sake (1 Cor 4.10). The Christian tradition has long history of people who have become fools for Christ. Some have feigned insanity, others have walked the streets naked in freezing conditions, but all have come to be recognised as holy challengers; their foolishness opening the eyes of those around them.
Given that Easter Day falls on April Fools’ Day, it seems appropriate to reflect on the ministry of those who have exercised foolishness for Christ and ask what they can teach us as we seek to be agents of God’s Commonwealth in our time.
Stay on after the service for discussion over wine and nibbles.