This is an oldie but goodie! Thanks to Rosalie Fisher for passing it along. 🙂
The Three Bears
A Catholic Priest, a Baptist Preacher and a Rabbi were sitting around drinking coffee.
Someone made the comment that preaching to people isn’t really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear. They decided that each would find a bear and attempt to convert it to their religion.
Seven days later, each one wounded, they came together to compare their experiences.
Father Flannery, who had his arm in a sling and had various bandages on his body and limbs, went first.
Well, he said, ‘I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him, I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear came after me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled it on him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle as a lamb.’
Reverend Billy Bob the Baptist spoke next. He was in a wheelchair and had an IV drip going into his arm.
‘I went out and found me a bear. And then I began to read to the bear from the Bible! But that bear came after me. We wrestled down one hill, until we came to a creek. So I quickly dunked him and baptized his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb.‘
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 in traction, with IV tubes and monitors running in and out of him.
The Rabbi looked up and said: ‘Looking back on it…circumcision may not have been the best way to start…’