Jesus (pointing to a large rock nearby): Murph, take a load off. Let’s rest.
Murphy: Sounds good to me, I have a wine skin, here, want a sip?
Jesus: Sure (sips). What do you think of those Pharisees coming up the hill?
Murphy: Which one?
Jesus (smiling): All of ‘em.
Murphy: Hmmm. Hard to say. I have two ways of lookin’ at things.
Jesus: Tell me about it.
Murphy: If you’re talking about one Pharisee, I’ll withhold my judgment and try to be as gracious as I can. If you’re talking about the whole pack of ‘em. I’m down hard on Phariseeing.
Jesus: What’s the difference?
Murphy: I’ve watched you a bit and you’re hell on institutions and gracious with most individuals.
Jesus (nodding): Hmm. I guess I can see where you’d get that.
Murphy: Yeah, you always shoot straight with the truth, but you always end up inviting folks to follow you — to join up.
Jesus: Murph, I’m glad you made this trip. You catch a lot some of the others miss.
Murphy: I’ve seen clouds from both sides now.
Jesus (smiling again): …yet still somehow, you don’t see clouds at all….
Murphy: That’s probly true. I love plenty of people in groups I hate. I even like people I don’t like. The Chief of the New Faith Tabernacle, Molar Wisenart, is a piece of work, but he takes good care of his family and is a veteran. He has things to answer for, but I can’t say as I hate him.
Jesus: You always surprise me Murphy. I’m not crazy about what’s going on with the Temple, leaders and Judaism in general, but I do love the people. I sometimes wish I was a mother hen and could take Jerusalem under my wing.
Murphy: And what about the Jerusalem Masonic Lodge?
Jesus: Same deal. Did you know Peter was a member of the Lodge in Capernaum?
Murphy: Seriously? There’y'go.
Jesus: Wait until you see a church. It’ll make your head swim for all the inconsistencies.
Jesus: Yep. So-called ‘Christians’ will do sooo many stupid things in my name.
Murphy: I wouldn’t join any group that’d have me for a member.
Tr8: Know the difference between institutions and people. Institutionally, stand with integrity. Personally, love with graciousness.