CONTRIBUTION · 26th January 2011
The old priest lay dying in the hospital.
For years he had faithfully served the people of British Columbia . He motioned for his nurse to come near.
"Yes, Father?" said the nurse. "I would really like to see Gordon Campbell and Colin Hansen... before I die," whispered the Priest.
"I'll see what I can do, Father," replied the nurse. The nurse sent the request to the Premier's office and waited for a response.
Soon the word arrived that the Premier and Finance Minister, devoted Christians both, were delighted to visit the Priest.
As they went to the hospital, Gordon commented to Colin "I don't know why the old Priest wants to see us but it will certainly help our images and might even get us some favourable publicity for our HST Deal." Colin 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 Colin's hand in his left. There was silence and a look of serenity on the old Priest's face.
Finally Gordon Campbell 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 Colin.
The old Priest continued, "Jesus died between two thieves. I would like to do the same!"