Peter and Paul were about to graduate seminary together

Best friends Peter and Paul were about to graduate seminary together. While Peter was very smart, Paul had a difficult time with schoolwork, so Peter would let him copy his homework to make sure he could pass his classes.

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As the time approached for their interview with the bishop, Paul was very nervous. “What if I don’t know how to answer him?” he asked his friend.

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“Don’t worry,” Peter replied, “our interviews are the same day, and he’ll ask us the same questions. I’ll go first, just stand with your ear to the keyhole and listen to what I say. When it’s your turn, just repeat my answers, and you’ll be fine!”

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The day arrived, and Peter went into the bishop’s office first. After some initial small talk, the bishop said “Look, Peter, I just have one question to ask you. Let’s say you are performing the act of communion, and while you are holding the chalice, a fly lands in the sacramental wine. What do you do?”

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“Well, Father,” Peter responded, “I would carefully remove him, squeeze off any excess liquid, take him outside, and ceremonially burn him.”

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“That’s an excellent answer,” said the bishop, “you are clearly a great priest!”

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“Not yet, Father,” Peter replied, “but someday, under your guidance and direction, I will be.”

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After Peter had completed his interview, it was Paul’s turn. The bishop engaged in small talk, then got to the point.

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“Paul,” he said, “I just have one question for you. You are performing the rite of baptism, and the baby boy slips from your hands into the baptismal font. What do you do?”

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“Well, Father,” Paul responded, “I would carefully remove him, squeeze off any excess liquid, take him outside, and ceremonially burn him.”

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Horrified, the bishop exclaimed, “That’s terrible! You aren’t a priest, you’re an imbecile!”

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“Not yet, Father,” Paul replied, “but someday, under your guidance and direction, I will be.”

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