The Old Priest

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Subject: The Old Priest



In London an old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of the nation's capital.

He motioned for his nurse to come near.

"Yes, Father?" said the nurse.

"I would really like to see Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling MP before I die", whispered the priest.


"I'll see what I can do, Father", replied the nurse.


The nurse sent the request to The Houses of Parliament and waited for a response.

Soon the word arrived; Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling would be delighted to visit the priest.

As they went to the hospital, Brown commented to Darling,

"I don't know why the old priest wants to see us, but it will certainly will help our images and might even get

me re-elected. After all, I'm IN IT TO WIN SO I CAN CLAIM FOR A NEW CAR".

Darling agreed that it was a good thing.

When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Brown’s hand in his right hand and Darling’s hand in his left.

There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest's face.

Finally Gordon Brown spoke. "Father, of all the people you could

have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"

The old priest slowly replied, "I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

"Amen", said Brown. "Amen", said Darling.

The old priest continued, "Jesus died between two lying thieves;

I would like to do the same."





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