april fool

April 1 is an internationally recognized and celebrated day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other called April fools. Even though half this day brings lots of fun and humor, it has caused some havoc:
It has led to broken marriages/relationships
It has caused heart attacks
It ha caused death
It has caused motor accidents
It has led to loss of jobs
It has caused quarrels
It is a day you can practically lie in the name of a joke or playing pranks. Its effects show that there could be some jokes or pranks that are too far expensive. And some plays the prank with no intention of revealing the intention. The receiver is left hanging believing “a lie”.

Can “April Fool” constitute a sin?

On a general understanding and acceptance of the day – NO
However, if the intention goes beyond a practical joke or prank with wicked intentions, then it is a SIN. Meaning that, apart from making someone look silly for a short period of time – if it involves causing harms or hurting someone, or destroying something or just fooling someone with no intention of bringing the fooled into the reality of the jokes or pranks, then it may be a Sin.
Note also that a person playing a joke after midday is him/herself the “fool”.

As we begin the Month of April – remember that
it is the Fool who says in his heart, there is no God (Ps 14:1)
A fool has no delight in understanding (Prov 18:2)
A fool utters all his mind (Prov 29:11)
Anger rests in the bosom of fools (Eccl 7:9)
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil (Prov 3:7). For the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17)


Be Blessed.

Courtesy of Fr Joyzy Pius Egunjobi


About Michael Ogundele

A writer, ardent reader and lover of nature. fell in love with writing five years back and I've been engraved in her arms ever since. I share my little way of writing poetry and reflections based on Catholic faith and Spirituality on this space. I hope you enjoy reading as we ride the same chariot to the leafy greens. Do follow me and together, let us jump into the ocean of my ink.
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4 Responses to IS “APRIL FOOL” A SIN

  1. Majka says:

    As I child I did some crazy things at school as well but since a lot of year I don´t like the April 1st.
    My son asked me today if I made a joke today of somebody. I told him NO because it is not funny nor nice. I heard about the people who really suffered of silly jokes. Let´s we rather ask God for forgiveness and protection instead of hurting somebody.


  2. Hi Michael, hello all the way to warm Nigeria from cooler Ireland. Thank you for reading my blog. Be blessed. Angela


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