A hokey little joke....
A priest, a preacher and a rabbi walked into their favorite bar, where
they would get together two or three times a week for drinks and to talk
On this particular afternoon, 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 the experience.
Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages, goes first.
he says, "I went into the woods to find me 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 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 arm and both legs in casts, and an IV drip.
In his best fire and brimstone oratory he claimed, " WELL brothers, you
KNOW that we don't sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me 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 quick 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
They both looked down at the rabbi, who was
lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IV's
and monitors running in and out of him. He was in bad shape.
The rabbi looks up and says, "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start."