Fools for Christ
My director and supervisor was talking about the role of the priest and what I should expect if that was the road that I was going to follow. He said a priest has many roles; a priest is a teacher, a priest is a healer, a priest plays a role as a judge and reconciler. I had heard all of that before but was surprised when he then said that, “A priest also must be willing to play the role of a Clown.” “Furthermore”, he went on to say, “perhaps it is the role of Clown which is most needed in our culture today.”
What is the role of a clown? Let me borrow some words from a website called Clown Ministry
A clown has several purposes—the most obvious is entertainment. If a clown’s not funny or entertaining, no one will watch. But there’s more. In a very real sense, a good clown is a fun-house mirror, a warped reflection of a person, a trait, or society.
For instance, you have probably seen, as part of a larger clown skit, a clown sitting down at a piano to play, only to realize that the bench is too far away from the piano – his fingers won’t reach that far, even after stretching. So, the clown does the only logical thing; he moves the piano, not the bench. Why? Because the bench is in the right place—it’s the piano that’s not in the correct spot. You’ve seen that, laughed at that, and moved on with your life. However, if the clown’s done his work well, later on you’ll reflect on that skit, and realize that sometimes you also attempt the difficult adjustment instead of the easy, for no better reason than the clown had—maybe you’re a little too stuck in the that’s the way we’ve always done it mindset. If that happens, the clown has done his job—he’s made you look in his warped mirror, and seen yourself.