A Priest, a Pentecostal Preacher and a Rabbi
A Priest, a Pentecostal Preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of the University of Georgia in Athens.
They would get together two or three times a week at the Varsity 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 the "experience".
Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling,
is on crutches, and has
various bandages, goes first. "Well," 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 time praising Jesus"
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.
Rabbi Lipschitz looks up and struggles to speak to the others.
"Looking back on it, circumcision may not
have been the best way to start things out.