Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Six degrees of separation?
Lesbian New Math
Question: Mary and Jane are lovers. Mary has had two previous lovers and Jane has had one. How many best friends do Mary and Jane have?
Answer: The answer, of course, is "three".
If you are a lesbian and you got the right answer, you can move to the head of the class and pick up your pair of Birkenstock sandals.
If you are a gay man and you got the right answer, you get a pinky ring, a macrame plant hanger and a warm, appreciative hug.
If you are a straight man and you got the right answer, you get a copy of the book, "Lesbian Nation," which you will receive when you show evidence of the cancellation of your subscription to "PlayBoy" magazine.
If you are a straight woman and you got the right answer, please proceed to the Recruitment Center to pick up your complimentary electric blanket and free pass to "Rumors," "Lilith's Garden," "Adam's Rib," the "Lickity-Split" or any other Lesbian Bar, Saloon, and/or Eatery of your choice.
You've seen the movie or read the book "Six Degrees of Separation," right? I think communication in cyberspace cuts that in half. Cut that in half again for religious people who communicate in cyberspace.
So, I have this friend who used to live in Morristown who retired to Vermont with her husband. We still stay in touch. Her dear friend still lives in Morristown and we communicate from time to time. Both of them read my blog.
So, Fr. Ed dies. The friend in Morristown calls the friend who has moved to VT. They both know "Fr. P," who is a 'soul friend' of the friend in Moristown and a dear friend of Fr. Ed and Msgr. Lasch, Fr. Ed's spiritual director.
She sends Fr. P a copy of my blog post on Fr. Ed's murder.
He, in turn, sends it to Msgr. Lasch, who delivered the eulogy/homily at Fr. Ed's funeral and used my story / tribute to Fr. Ed in his homily.
You can read the whole homily on Msgr. Lash's blog.
He concluded my story by saying, "Ed did not break any rules. He knew the heart of Christ."
When he said that, I think all eyes went directly to the Bishop's face to see if there was any reaction. There wasn't. I'm thinking the old chap just wasn't paying attention.
However, there is a note on Msgr.'s bulletin board that reads: "Beginning on Monday, November 2nd, I will be on an extended sabbatical leave/retreat during the month of November. I will not be sending or receiving email messages nor posting any reflections during this period. I ask you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I will keep you in mine. I look forward to activating my website on my return in December."
I'm trying not to say, "Uh-oh". I hope these dots do not connect.
Anyway, go visit Msgr.'s blog. You can find his homily here.
Everybody sing, "It's a small world, after all. It's a small world, after all. It's a small world, after all. It's a small, small world."