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11/10/2003 Entry: "Hey Jesus!"

My thoughts are beginning to turn towards Advent and Christmas -- all those services don't plan themselves you know! I've been looking through stuff from previous years and thought I'd share this sketch I wrote for a carol service a couple of years ago. If you like it, you're more than welcome to use it.My apologies to John Bell of the Iona Community, on whose idea this little piece is based. He has published two volumes of these dialogues between Jesus and Peter and if you can get hold of them they're well worth having in your collection.

Peter: Hey Jesus!

Jesus: Yes Peter?

P: What starsign are you?

J: Starsign? Oh right -- Iím a Capricorn.I didnít know you believed all that nonsense..

P: I donít. Itís just a bit of fun.Letís see what it says for you. Here we are. Capricorn. ďYou know that you have difficult decisions to face.The right thing will not be the easy thing.Many friends will try to change your mind, but remember thatyou know more than they doĒ

(Pause)

Honestly, Jesus. Donít they write some rubbish!Do you know, I donít think Iíve ever met an astrologer.

J: Oh, I have. A long time ago. It was just after I was born actually, so of course I donít remember it. Mum said that a group of them came visiting. She said they were nice people. Weird, but nice.

P: Hey Jesus, if youíre a Capricorn your birthday must be soon.I was forgetting - itís next week, isnít it?

J: Thatís right.

P: What shall we get you?

J: What do you mean?

P: Me and the lads will want to buy you a pressie.It wouldnít be right not to.

J: Donít worry about it.Surprise me. Iíve had some pretty strange presents in my time.

P: I hope youíre not referring to the socks I got you last year.I didnít know that you wouldnít like purple and yellow stripes.

J: Peter, donít be paranoid. I told you. The socks were fine.I wasnít thinking about them. I was thinking about thoseastrologers I mentioned.

P: Why?

J: Well ... when they came calling they brought presents with them.Not the usual baby things either.

P: Just as well. There are only so many sets of swaddling bandsyou can use.So what did they bring.

J: There was gold ...

P: Wow! Nobodyís ever brought me any gold.

J: ... and frankincense

P: The smelly stuff they use in the temple?Now that is strange. Bet your mum would have preferredsome perfume for herself.

J: ... And myrhh

P: Thatís terrible! Thatís not for babies.The women use that when they .... well, when ... you know ...

J: When they lay out a body? I know.

P: Your mum was right. They were weird.What did she say.

J: I think she understood. Anyway, she kept all of it.You know what mothers are like.I used to catch her looking at it all sometimes.

P: Do you know why they brought those things?

J: Well, a gift says a lot about what we think of a person, doesnít it?The gifts they brought were a sort of prophecy ... Gold for a king, incense for the worship of God ... burial spices for a death.

P: I donít understand.

J: I know, but stick around, laddie. You will.

P: I still donít know what to get for your birthday.We could have a party.

J: A party would be grand! But donít worry about a present.If Iíve got your friendship, thatís all I want.

P: But I canít not buy you something ... to mark the occasion, like.

J: You think being my friend is not enough.Thereíll be a time very soon when you might wish that you were likethose astrologers. dropping in with a present and then heading offback to Persia. A nice, safe distance.

P: Safe? Look, Jesus, all I want is to help you celebrate your birthday.

J: Thatís all I want, too. Celebrate with me. You know I like a party.Presents can be fun. But you wonít forget that itís my birthday, will you?

P: Strange question. How could we ever do that!

(Pause)

Hey Jesus!

J: Yes Peter?

P: How about a nice pair of socks?

J: Yes, Peter.

Replies:

I know what to ask for now, when people ask me what I would like for Christmas. I enjoyed it.

Posted by Selina @ 11/10/2003 07:43 PM CST

That's it - I have two slim volumes, but it looks as though they've been combned and added to. It's good stuff.

Posted by Richard @ 11/10/2003 06:23 PM CST

"...He has published two volumes of these dialogues between Jesus and Peter and if you can get hold of them..." Is this it? It's available on their site.

Posted by Swan @ 11/10/2003 06:18 PM CST

As always, you're too kind Jonathan.

I've edited the entry to add a link to Iona Ian. Don't know why I didn't do that in the first place.

Posted by Richard @ 11/10/2003 05:05 PM CST

Richard, do you have link that points to the Iona Community? Blessings,

Posted by Ian McKenzie @ 11/10/2003 04:53 PM CST

Ooh that's good Richard. Funny, and poignant too. And, I have to admit, I had never realized the symbolism in the gifts of the Magii before. Good stuff.

Posted by Jonathan @ 11/10/2003 04:49 PM CST

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