You may remember that by happy coincidence this year
Ash Wednesday happened to fall on February 14th, St
Valentine's Day. Well, it may seem rather less fortunate
that Easter Day falls on April 1st, April Fool's Day!
Perhaps though the two are not so oddly matched. St
Paul, writing to the Corinthians remarked that 'the
message of the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing.' Meaning that to those who could not see the
truth of God's saving love revealed in the cross, it must
have seemed like nonsense to suggest that the
crucifixion was anything other than utter defeat.
A little later in the same letter Paul goes so far as to
describe himself and his fellow apostles as 'fools for
Christ'; being willing as they were to suffer the ridicule
and hardship that resulted from remaining true to their
Much later on St Francis of Assisi was called 'God's
Fool', because of his determination not to conform to the
standards of the society in which he lived, preferring to
model his life on what he believed were the standards
and values of God's kingdom. He was frequently mocked
for his lifestyle and commitment to what he called the
'Gospel Life'. But if Francis was a fool in the eyes of the
world, he was a fool whose life and actions revealed the
wisdom of God.
So perhaps the fact that Easter Day this year falls on
April Fool's Day is, after all, highly appropriate, and even
challenges us to consider why, where and how we might
become fools for Christ.