If you look closely at the photograph of Jesus and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus below you will enjoy, if you have good eyesight, a rare sighting of the dog of Christ, Rocky. Sadly, because of the pro-catiness of the writers of the New Testament, Jesus' dog has been expunged from the official history of the early church. Fortunately an oral record of this fine canine's exploits have been passed down from generation to generation of MadPriests ever since it was entrusted to a member of the Glastonbury branch of the family by Uncle Joseph of Arimathea nearly two thousand years ago now. And it is a wonderful story about how Rocky sat at the foot of the cross, howling and then stayed outside the tomb of his master until he rose on Easter Sunday morning. Rocky was not only with Jesus on the road to Emmaus (as you can clearly see in the photograph) and on the beach scrounging scraps of fish, but he was also present at Christ's ascension. Unfortunately, as he had not had a rabies jab he couldn't travel up to heaven with Jesus but he did get to live out his days comfortable and spoiled rotten in the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus in Bethany.


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  1. “the dog of Christ, Rocky”

    Ah, so *he* is the “Servant of the Servants of God”: I get it now!

    “Rocky … stayed outside the tomb of his master”: that’s probably for the best. Rocky might have interpreted “Take and Eat: this is my Body” to a whole new level of literalism (in German, fressen).

    Wishing the Love-of-Dog to all, this Bright Week…