Monday, 14 January 2008


Extract from Deacon David's homily, printed in The Arundel and Brighton News:

There is a story that didn't quite make it into the Book of Genesis. It goes like this: Adam said, "Lord, when I was in the Garden of Eden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you any more. I am lonely here and I sometimes forget how much you love me'. And God said, 'No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will know I love you, even when you can't see me. No matter how selfish and childish, and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.' And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail.
And Adam said' "But Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and all the good names are taken and I can't think of a name for this new animal. And God said, "No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, so you will call him DOG.' And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him, and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, Adam's guardian angel came to God and said, 'Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but no one has taught him humility.' And the Lord said, "No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not worthy of adoration.' And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam. And when Adam gazed into Cat's eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being. And Adam learned humility. And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved.

And Cat did not care one way or the other.

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