104. brilliant blog entry (borrowed)
Found this at dissonant bible. Loved it so much I wanted to share.
what must I do?
As the Church was going on its way, a young man ran up to it and fell on his knees before it. “Good teacher, “he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
The Church smiled down at him. “How about joining an Alpha course or Emmaus or one of our weekly study groups? Or maybe you’d like to train as a chalice-bearer or sidesman?”
The man was puzzled. Very few of the words the Church had used meant anything to him at all.
So, the Church looked at the man and assessed his needs. “One thing you lack,” it said. “A decent middle class education. Go, get some A-levels and then come back. You’ll be at home here, then. We’ll make a good Christian of you yet…”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, for he had no time or money to go to college.
The Church looked around and said to its clergy, “How hard it is for the poorly educated to enter the kingdom of God.” It shrugged. “Oh well, you can’t win them all. Now, who’s interested in joining a committee to look at possible liturgical revisions for the season of Epiphany?”