Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bring Us the Head of Jesus!

This Sunday's readings included the story of the beheading of John the Baptist found in Mark 6:14-29. Since an overwhelming majority of bishops of he Episcopal church have effectively cut off the words of Jesus regarding marriage from the official teaching of the church (see previous post), I think we need a little re-write of Mark 6.

For the evil bishops themselves had sent men who arrested Jesus, bound him, and put him in prison on account of same-sex marriage, because the bishops had married such. For Jesus had been telling the bishops,
‘Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.’ 
And several of the evil bishops held a great grudge against these words and wanted to kill them. But they could not, for a few bishops feared Jesus, knowing that he was the righteous and holy only son of God, and they protected him.
When the evil bishops heard Jesus, they were greatly perplexed; and yet they liked to listen to him.

But an opportunity came when the bishops at their General Convention gave an Eucharist for Integrity, the LGBT, their courtiers, and leaders. They called on their prophet and said to him, ‘Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.’ And they solemnly swore to the prophet, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of our dioceses.’ He went out and said to his lover, ‘What should I ask for?’ He replied, ‘The words of Jesus in Matthew 19.’ Immediately he rushed back to the bishops and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the words of Jesus in Matthew 19 on a platter.’ The bishops were not at all deeply grieved; and did not refuse him. Immediately the bishops sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring the words of Jesus in Matthew 19. In order to do so, they went and beheaded Jesus, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the prophet. Then the prophet gave it to the bishops.
When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

And that is the way it is in 2015,

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