A priest, a Baptist pastor, and a rabbi were accustomed to meeting each Monday morning to discuss their weekend services. On one of those occasions, the priest mentioned that it was growing easy to lead people to the Lord so he suggested a new idea: they’d each try to lead a bear to the Lord. The pastor and the rabbi, not wanting to seem afraid or ineffective at their jobs, agreed to the crazy plan.
One week later, the priest, the pastor, and the rabbi all made their way back to the restaurant. The priest spoke first saying, “Guys, I found a bear in the woods, and I started by sprinkling him with some holy water. It wasn’t long and I had him saying Hail Marys down by a brook. I sprinkled him with some of the water and he turned just as docile in my hands as a little puppy. Amazing! God is so good!”
The Baptist pastor spoke next. He had a few scratches on his face and a wrap around his arm, but said, “Fellas, I also found me a bear, too. He was a biggun, but I stood in front of him and started preaching to him from the Gospel of John, King James Version. After the sermon ended, I wrangled him down to the springs, and right there, I baptized him in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost! When he came up out of the water, he just fell into my arms and whimpered like a baby. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”
The priest and the pastor then gave the rabbi the floor. He had scratches all over his face, a blood-stained dressing wrapped around his head, and a brace on his neck. One leg was in a cast and the other leg was missing entirely. When the rabbi finally opened his mouth, he said, “I should have known that starting with the bear’s circumcision might be a mistake….”
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(Resource cataloged by David R Smith)