Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Jesus, Mary & Johnny

I read a story today about a guy in Kamloops, Canada who believes he sees Jesus in a baking sheet.

You have to admit, you don't really have to squint too much to see where he might get that impression.

Not too long ago there was a woman who works for the Houston school district who believed she saw the image of the Virgin Mary on a cookie sheet.

Again, I can see how she how someone, especially someone of faith, always looking for signs of God, or Jesus or Mary, would be able to interpret that image as such a sign.

That story actually played out rather delicately, since the cookie sheet was technically school district property and officials handled it very carefully, essentially passing the buck to local Catholic officials, but insisting the employee couldn't keep the cookie sheet...it was taxpayer property after all, and you know, separation of church and state and all that.

Not sure where the cookie sheet is today to tell you the truth, but I'm sure it's safe and no one is baking on it anymore.

The guy with the baking sheet in Canada hasn't wasted anytime, he apparently bought the baking sheet from his boss and has slapped it up on Ebay hoping to get rich.

At this writing, still no bidders, and he's offering to sell you various spin-offs, like the chance to touch your lottery ticket to the sheet.

Far from me to criticize. I've found Jesus in a lot of unexpected places in my life. However the stories did trigger a memory of an old Johnny Carson interview with a woman who collected potato chips which she believed looked like all sorts of things.

God bless You Tube... You may not see Jesus or Mary in your oven today, but I'll bet this clip from the late Johnny Carson will at least bring a smile to your face.