Monday, August 21, 2006

The Golden Casket

Every year for centuries a ceremony has taken place, alternately in Rome and Jerusalem, at which a Gold Casket is passed between the Pope and the Chief Rabbi for safe keeping. One year, while the ritual was at its height, the Pope whispered to the Chief Rabbi

“Have you ever wondered what is inside the Golden Casket?” Indeed, they had both wondered, but had never opened it, so, on this occasion, the Pope slipped behind an arras and checked the contents. He came back to his seat with a yellowed parchment in his hand and a bemused expresssion on his face.“What is it?” the Rabbi whispered, barely able to contain his impatience. “It’s the bill for the Last Supper.”

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