A Priest, a Pentecostal Preacher, and a Rabbi all served as
chaplains to the students of University of Minnesota Duluth.
They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to
talk shop. One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people
isn't really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear.
One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment. They
would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to
convert it. Seven days later, they're all together to discuss their experience.
Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has
various bandages on his body and limbs, goes first. "Well," he says,
"I went into the woods to find a bear. And when I found him I began to
read to him from the catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with
me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy
water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as
gentle as a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to give him first
communion and confirmation."
Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an IV
drip in his arm, and both legs in casts. In his best fire and brimstone
oratory he exclaimed, "WELL, brothers, you KNOW that we don't sprinkle!
I went out and I FOUND a bear. And then I began to read to my bear
from God's HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me.
So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill,
UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quickly
DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became
as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus."
The Priest and the Reverend both looked down at the Rabbi, who was
lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with monitors
and IV's running in and out of him. He was in real bad shape.
The Rabbi looks up and says, "Looking back on it, circumcision may
not have been the best way to start."
[ Author Unknown -- from Randy, via 'Buffalos Chips' (buffalos-g-jokes.yahoogroups.com) ]
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