Tuesday, 12 February 2008

The Parable of the Great Afternoon Tea

... a strange example of life imitating Scripture in which Caliban has been invited to sup with Lords...

Jesus' parable of "The Great Supper" (Lk 14:15-24) features a man inviting the poor and outcast to a feast after his original invitees spurn his offer of hospitality, and tomorrow afternoon something very similar is happening to this dubious blogger!

The Right Reverend Suheil Dawani, Archbishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem is currently in town - but in true Matthian tradition +Jensen and his clique of relatives and acolytes have snubbed him for reasons they have so far not deigned to explain.

Perhaps it's because His Grace has been less than enthusiastic about GAFCON (it would have been nice to ask the host before announcing a party in his house), perhaps because his vestments aren't "reformed" enough, or perhaps it's just because he's not one of the family, but for whatever reason His Grace's hosts are finding it hard to fil up his dance card. Which means they've really gone to bottom of the barrel and invited a member of the notorious Duck Noodle Gang along for a little tête à tête.

So sorry about the short notice, but what questions would everyone here like me to ask him? You know - things like "can we get a contact in the team who'll be doing GAFCON's catering?" or "how do we tip off customs that +Akinola will be attempting to smuggle in half a side of pork?" Or maybe even some serious stuff, since I'm not good at thinking that up for myself.

In the meantime here's a picture of the good gentleman to help get us all in the mood. Wonder whether he'll be wearing his hat? And was he able to take his crook on the plane as hand luggage, or did it have to travel in the hold along with all the other potentially dangerous luggage?


Brian R said...

I think it is almost a badge of honour for a visiting bishop to be snubbed by the Sydney gang. +Desmond Tutu and +Penny Jamieson of Dunedin to my knowledge. I guess +Gene Robinson did not even bother sending his visiting card. +Suheil Dawani is speaking at St James but the meeting is not organised by our church, however has been well advertised. I was not going(too many things, not enough time) but now may reconsider, anything that shows my dislike of the Jensen gang. Their rudeness takes one's breath away. Will be interested to hear of your meeting with the Bishop.

Doorman-Priest said...

I know whose company I'd rather keep.

We should tip Mossad off that Pope Pete of Nigeria has Hammas affiliation.

Alcibiades said...

LOL D-P... except I'm concerned that deep down the big A would quite enjoy the resultant stip/cavity search at immigration.

Then again the experience might calm him down enough to have a long cool think about himself.