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 BAPTISED 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 really bad shape.
The Rabbi looks up and says, "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have
been the best way to start..."