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An Old Priest Lay Dying

In London, an old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of the nation's capital. He motioned for his nurse to come near.

"Yes, Father?" said the nurse.

"I would really like to see Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer before I die", whispered the priest.

"I'll see what I can do, Father", replied the nurse.

The nurse sent the request to Parliament and waited for a response.

Soon the word arrived; Prime Minister Brown and Chancellor Darling would be delighted to visit the priest.

As they went to the hospital, Gordon commented to Alistair, "I don't know why the old priest wants to see us, but it will certainly help our images and might even get me re-elected Prime Minister. After all, I'm IN IT TO WIN IT". Alistair agreed that it was a good thing.

When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Gordon’s hand in his right hand and Alistair’s hand in his left.

There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest's face.

Finally Brown spoke. "Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"

The old priest slowly replied, "I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

"Amen", said Gordon. "Amen", said Alistair.

The old priest continued, "Jesus died between two lying thieves; I would like to do the same."

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