On Sunday one of the passages I'm using is 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 which is something of a favourite, guaranteed to cheer me up with its crazy images of talking hands, feet, ears and eyes. It really lends itself to some wonderful cartoons, but try as I might there are few if any to be 'Googled' though two I found are on this post. I love the anthropomorphism of body parts - a foot than can presumably see and understand that it is not a hand, can express this verbally and then hop off because it feels useless, an ear that can see the eye can do what it can't (superb irony) and then flap away. Definitely some real humour here - but humour with a real point to make. Talking ears, eyes, feet and hands are a ridiculous concept, and in order to imagine them they have to become bodies in their own right, complete with... eyes, mouths, ears and feet. How ridiculous then that people feel valueless because of what they're not - but we all do. How crazy that as individuals or as churches we think we can go it alone, don't need anyone else - but we do.
Paul often has a reputation for being a misery guts, but the humour of this passage resonates with my own, and makes me think, which is, after all, what the best humour does.