Melissa starts out with a story of Brer Rabbit for the children on this Holy Humor Sunday. She then recounts how those who had been enslaved in our country knew how to quietly and secretly assert their resistance, trickery, and humor. They would use ordinary means to confront power they could not fight openly.
When we say that Jesus plays a trick on the devil, we mean that Jesus puts on a life like ours, and gets into the heart of brokenness and destruction, and then turns himself over to it. And then something breaks open.