A Story for Palm Sunday

by Kim on March 27, 2007

My 80-year old mother sent me this story, which seems a good one for Palm Sunday.

A pastor entered his pet donkey in a race and it won. The pastor was so pleased that he entered the donkey in another race, and it won again.

The local paper read: PASTOR’S ASS OUT FRONT.

The bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the pastor not to enter the donkey in any more races.

The next day the paper read: BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR’S ASS.

This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey. The pastor decided to give it to a friend of his, a nun at a nearby convent.

The local paper, following up the story, led the next day with the headline: NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.

The bishop fainted. He told the nun that she too would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10.

The next day the paper read: NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.

This was the last straw for the bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and take it to the high plains where it could run wild.

The next day the headline read: NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE.

Alas, the bishop’s funeral was held the following week.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Being concerned about what other people think can bring you much stress and misery, and even affect your health and shorten your life. So stop worrying about everyone else’s ass, and just watch your own.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

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Brettt 03.27.07 at 8:57 pm

Heh

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Ivan the Crank 03.29.07 at 3:25 pm

The bishop would have been a lot better off leaving the pastor’s ass out front. Is that the same thing as “quit while your ahead.”?

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John 03.29.07 at 5:47 pm

Wonderful!

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Martha Brunelle 04.01.07 at 1:54 pm

I almost fell off my chair laughing. Thanks for that. .
But I was disappointed not to see a short summary of what Palm Sunday is about for my own sons didn’t know what it was really about - and I wanted to email them a concise one paragraph summary by clergy that might move their hearts in a special way. . . and I was looking for that - - I guess I can put one together - - - and then send this to make them laugh.
HAH!

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Kim 04.01.07 at 9:34 pm

Hi Martha,

I’m glad you liked the joke - though sorry it’s not a Palm Sunday message - at least not one for your kids!

Perhaps you could tell them that Jesus went to Jerusalem for his final showdown with the political and religious authorities of his day, and that he chose the way he entered the city very carefully, to make a point about what he was all about.

He might have chosen a camel, signifying wealth and status, identifying with the rich and famous, like riding in a stretch limousine. Everyone loves the glamour of the Oscar ceremonies.

Or he might have chosen a stallion, a charger, signifying military might, like riding in tank. That’s certainly the kind of saviour the people were hoping for and expecting. One can imagine the crowds waving little flags and shouting the equivalent of “USA! USA! USA!”

But Jesus will have nothing to do with the cult of wealth and celebrity, or with power politics, or with militant nationalism, for he knows that money, muscle, and my-country-right-or-wrong are not the ways of God, are never liberating, and just create vicious circles of self-deceit, hate, and vengeance.

So instead Jesus arrives on a donkey, a humble and harmless and apparently ridiculous beast of burden which everybody can kick around, like riding an eco-friendly bike - and then parking it without a lock. It is a symbolic demonstration in the tradition of the prophets, and the message is that of the Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are the humble, the merciful, the peaceful.

Is that any help? Then, if you dare, tell your kids the joke!

You and your family have a great Easter,
Kim

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Samuel Akinniranye 04.01.09 at 12:33 am

This is just wonderful. It realy made me overcome the great burden I have carried in my heart all day long. Now I am relieved after I have laughed for about twenty minutes. However, the most important thing is the lesson the jokes teach us –to stop worrying about matters that do not really concern us while we focus on things that will benefit us most especially at this Easter period. Thank you.

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