Jesus at the football match

One time I decided to carry small flags on my scooter. I picked a flag representing Iowa, Iowa State and the papal flag. Those who were supporters of the Hawkeyes belittled the “Miniature Cyclone’s” flag, whereas those who followed the “Little Cyclones” scoffed at the corny flag of the Eastern Probie Hawkees (Probie is a term used by firefighters to identify a probationary firefighter or rookie, also a term used on NCIS.)

Who would dare criticize the papal flag? Actually, another man of the cloth told me the papal flag I was using was for the last pope, not the current one. All in all, I found that flags don’t really matter.

Two of the most popular colors for me are red and black. Whenever a staff member or resident wear those two colors, (red is the color of the Holy Spirit, black is the color I wear,) they get 50 points each from the chaplain. I’m not sure the points go to anyone or anything.

Jesus Christ said he had never been to a football match. So, we took him to one, my friends and I. It was between the Crusaders and the 95 Thesis. The Pharisees and the Sadducees sat in the bleachers, looking down on the players. The Scribes sat in the press box with their pencils and papers, although their pencils had no erasers, and there wasn’t a pencil sharpener to be found.

The Crusaders scored first. Jesus stood up and cheered. The person sitting beside him, Nick O’Demus, gave him a curious glance. Next the 95 Thesis scored next. Jesus stood up and cheered.

In exasperation Nick said, “What side are you for anyway?”

Jesus said, “I’m not for any side. I’m just here to enjoy the game.”

“Oh, an atheist, huh?” came the retort.

Nick O’Demus then confronted him that evening, when it was dark.

“Talk like that is going to cause problems for you!” he said. “They crucified a person once for not taking their side.”

And Jesus said, “And the religious authorities sat in the stands judging me then, too.”

In my next column, we see how people begin taking sides. An anonymous religious leader, who agreed that we could call him “Sage Bush,” suggested those who held different views attend a meeting to try to clear the air or start up the “peace train.”

Father Dennis Meinen serves as chaplain at Holy Spirit Retirement Home, Sioux City, for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the diocese and Calix; and Faithful Friar of the Garrigan 4th Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, Sioux City.

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