Earlier I posted a stunning photo of a t-shirt found in the Old City of Jerusalem by Joe Zias. Now, Joe tells the story of its discovery in his own words:
Readers here [in Jerusalem] had the opportunity to listen to folk’s musings on ‘Holy Spots’ the other day and the opening of the traditional place where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John, and from there he went to the Cave of John in Ein Karem and started doing it himself, according to the BAR crowd in Charlotte and the Rev. Hagee.
Therefore I wish to share with readers the following, which Jim West can vouch for as true.
While walking down the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) the other day I noticed that the marble plaque at station number IV, where Jesus meets Mary, was gone, ripped from its moorings. I was in shock and painful utter disbelief. This is one of the centuries old 14 stations depicting , for those who believe, that this was the route of Jesus of Nazareth [from trial to crucifixion].
While I pondered these things, asking myself ‘How was this possible? Was the sign Raptured and if so, why was I still here?’, lo and behold, some tourist came stumbling by, wearing one of those BAR t-shirts from the non-prophet. At last, while not Raptured, I knew I had been blessed and given a Sign.
We spoke for a moment and I asked him what had happened to the sign, believing that as usual the BAR crowd was involved (since they like to move Jesus Christ and his brother’s ossuary around whenever possible, depending of course on whether there is a book deal, film, chance of receiving tithes, lecture fees, and etc.).
Speaking of Jesus, according to SJ and JT (as seen on Israeli TV last week), he was in Majorca Spain (not Gadera) doing that swine thing he’s noted for. As a matter of fact, he even left some DNA there, a little more in Talpiot and some more in Charlotte.
Anyway, I digress. Back to the discovery which really matters. The fellow said he shares our pain but this time it wasn’t the folk from BAR but another non-prophet organization which moved the sign on the Via.
He took me a few meters up the path and lo and behold, here was the beautiful missing marble plaque which had been ripped out, showing Jesus meeting Miriam. I now had the feeling however that if the BAR crowd was not involved, that they were ‘on the same page’ as the station was moved a short distance away, adjacent to a recently opened Armenian pizza stand!
Now, I thought, there’s just no need to stand there forlorn, alone, meditating on that tragic event which changed history when one can have a pizza, and an RC cola. I mentioned to the guy that maybe we should change the station from Jesus Christ meets Miriam to, ‘Jesus Christ and his mother have their first pizza’, but he was not amused.
So I pointed out to him that Station number III, ‘Jesus falls (for it) the first time ‘ was next door and called it a day. [My heartfelt apologies to the Roman Catholics for my mockery of the Via].