John Smith was the only Protestant to move into
a large Catholic neighborhood. On the first Friday of Lent,
John was outside grilling a big juicy steak on his grill. Meanwhile,
all of his neighbors were eating cold tuna fish for supper.
This went on each Friday of Lent.
On the last Friday of Lent, the neighborhood men got together
and decided that something had to be done about John, tempting
them to eat meat each Friday of Lent. They just couldn't take
They decided to try and convert John to a Catholic. They went
over and talked to him, delighted that he would join them and
become a Catholic.
They took him to church, where the Priest sprinkled some water
over John saying, "You were born a Baptist, you were
raised a Baptist, and now you're a Catholic."
The men were relieved, their biggest Lent temptation resolved.
The next year's Lenten season rolled around again and the first
Friday of Lent finally arrived. Just as supper time came and
the neighborhood was setting down to their tuna fish dinner,
along from John's house came the wafting smell of a steak cooking
on a grill. The neighborhood men could not believe their noses!
"What's going on?" they called asking each
They agreed to meet over in John's yard immediately to see
if he had forgotten it was the first Friday of Lent. The group
arrived just in time to see John standing over his grill with
a small pitcher of water in his hand, reaching into the container
and sprinkling some water over the steak, saying . . .
"You were born a cow, you were raised a cow, and now
you're a fish."