Curious about “Fool”?

Curious about this site’s title? A couple of Easters ago, I preached a sermon about Jesus as holy fool. The Jungian archetype of the holy fool is found in many world religions. I certainly would not elevate myself to holy fool status; however, I am sometimes an “ordinary fool”! (My sermon was informed by Elizabeth-Anne Stewart’s “Jesus the Holy Fool”.)

I like the idea of being a “fool” in the sense of prioritizing “holy values” over “worldly values”. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he talks about becoming “a fool for Christ’s sake”. (1 Corinthians 4:10) That’s what I want to be: a fool for Jesus… a fool for Guru Nanak and the Buddha and other prophets that I esteem highly. I want to be a fool for the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism! I want to be a fool for justice. I want to be a fool for love, always expanding my circle of compassion. These are my highest aspirations. I want to be a “fool of spirit” and full of spirit, too.