May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand
Jesus:It's complicated. Suffice it to say I could know all, but what's the fun in that? No surprises. Dad, the Holy Ghost and I did give free will partially so we could wager on what choices you'd all make.
Jesus:You'll never go broke betting on humans to make the selfish, stupid choice is all I'll say.
Jesus:Actually I've kept my nose out of all the stuff done in my name. Figured I'd get frustrated if I watched to closely. "Hey! I wouldn't do that!" and what have you.
Pete:Probably a smart move.
Jesus:But I know how humans are with patterns and anniversaries so I figured what better day to return to earth than the anniversary of the day I was crucified?
Jesus:Wipe out the bad memory with a good one, you know?
Pete:Isn't that what Easter does?
Jesus:Easter? The pagan thing with the rabbit and the eggs? You all glommed that onto me?
Pete:Kinda. Peeps taste good.
Jesus:Anyway, does this anniversary day have a catchy name too?
Pete:Yeah. Good Friday.
Jesus:What was that?
Jesus:No, no, nothing's wrong. It just seems like an odd name. I mean, it wasn't a very good day for me, you know.
Pete:I think it's called that because you died for our sins so it's good for us.
Jesus:Well that's a little self absorbed, isn' it?
Pete:I dunno. It's just what the church calls it.
Jesus:I mean how about "Rough But Necessary Friday?" Or "Jesus and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good Day?"
Pete:That's like a kid's book title.
Jesus:I know. I was using it to illustrate the point.
Pete:You know the titles of kids books but not the name of the day you were crucified?
Jesus:First, I told you I've kept out of religion. Everyone is allowed their passions. Even Christ.
Pete:Passions..it's just...never mind.
Jesus:And secondly I DO know the name of the day I was crucified. It was called "The crappy day I got nailed to a cross...I think it was a Friday but who cares what day of the week it was, I was nailed to a cross Friday."
Jesus:It's fine. I'm guessing I'm going to find a few places where the church and I differ. Thanks for being willing to talk. Can we continue this chat over a hamburger?