“Christ. Jesus Christ. You may have heard of me.
Born in Bethlehem, mother was Mary, father was Joseph. Well, let the record show he was actually my ‘foster father’’. My real father is the big man upstairs. Crazy, right? What with Him and me and the Holy Spirit being Three in One, It’s complicated – kinda like the Fab Four only not. Damn, those boys are good. People say they’re even bigger than me.
Oh, please, no need to introduce yourselves. I’ve known you since you were in your mother’s womb. Actually, since before that. Again – it’s complicated.
I’d like to address a few things. That ‘questionable relationship’’ between Mary Magdalene and me? Yeah, it happened and let me tell you – once you’ve had your feet washed by Mary’s tears and dried by her long brown hair, there’s no going back. But I digress.
Do you people think I really wanted to come to earth, take on human form, and die for your sorry asses? You know Matthew quoted me as saying ‘Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.’ You all saw the picture of me in the Garden of Gethsemane. I was sweating blood. Hell, I was crying blood.
I never asked for it – roaming the desert, preaching, choosing my disciples, performing miracles, being adored on Palm Sunday [ok, I have to admit the miracles and adoration were pretty cool] but the tempers that raged? No piece of cake.
The denials and betrayals by those I loved most. The badgering by Pontius Pilate and Herod Antipas. The humiliation by the Roman soldiers. My unimaginably agonizing crucifixion – looking down from the cross to see my mother a broken woman.
And for what?! Look at you! Have you learned nothing in two thousand years? Oh, there are some good ones among you, thank God, but most of you make me sad, regret giving up my life so that you could be saved. Eternal life! How many of you deserve eternal life?
Let’s take a quick look around. The deceit, corruption, lies, immorality, hatred, killings, greed, war, the democrats, the republicans, the Arabs and Jews (still!), Brexit, Russia, China, COVID, quarantine, vaccines, anti-vaxxers, the WORLD!
What have you done to this perfect Garden of Eden my Father created? Our collective trio of hearts is breaking.
As my sweet George likes to say:
‘Isn’t it a pity?
Isn’t it a shame
How we break each others hearts
And cause each other pain?
How we take each others love
Without thinking anymore
Forgetting to give back
Isn’t it a pity?
Some things take so long
But how can I explain
When not too very many people
Can see we’re all the same
And because of all their fears
Their eyes can’t hope to see
All the beauty that surrounds them
Lord, isn’t it a pity?’
Get your acts together, people, before it’s too late. Love one another as I have loved you. And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.
Remember – I’ll be back.”
NAR © 2019
PS – Just a few months after this post, we were in the throes of the COVID pandemic. Perhaps The Father, Son and Holy Ghost were on to something. NAR 2021