We listen to the evening news with its usual recital of shabbiness and horror, and God if we believe in him at all, seems remote and powerless…. But there are other times – often the most unexpected, unlikely times – when strong as life itself comes the sense that there is a holiness deeper than shabbiness and horror and at the very heart of darkness a light unutterable.
If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see out neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say like artists, we must see not just their faces but the life behind and within their faces. Here it is love that is the frame we see them in. - from Listening to Your Life
I suspect that Jesus spoke many of his parables as a kind of sad and holy joke and that that may be part of why he seemed reluctant to explain them, because if you have to explain a joke, you might as well save your breath. - from Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale