Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Lent

The author of today’s Jesus and Mo strip apologizes for being late with the Lent humor. The strip appears to be unusual in that it’s almost straight Catskill humor without any explicit denigration of religion—unless that be criticism of how un-serious people are at giving up stuff at Lent.

I’m off to see kea (I’ve learned that the singular and plural are the same) in an hour or so! Wish me luck. Here’s a photo of one taken by my friend Andrew Berry at Arthur’s Pass several years ago. Isn’t it gorgeous? He was very close to it, too:

 

28 Comments

  1. Kev
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    My Mother’s favourite toast:
    “Here’s to Temperance. Put strong drink down with a firm hand.”

  2. Posted March 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Ooooh! Exciting!!!

  3. Posted March 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Andrew — is that photo on Avalanche Peak?

    Cheers!

  4. Posted March 22, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    A deal I’d make with the Pope: I’d forsake cheeses for Lent if he’d forsake Jesus.

    And it’s not like it’d be unprecedented; YHWH himself forsake Jesus at Jesus’s own darkest hour. Presumably, Jesus forgave God the Father in Heaven, so the Pope shouldn’t worry that Jesus would also forgive the mere Bishop of Rome for the same transgression, so it’s a no-risk deal.

    Cheers!

    b&

    • rickflick
      Posted March 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      I always figured the two of them were in on it together.

      “Now you go get crucified, and I’ll bring you back afterwords and we’ll astound the world!”

      “OK, dad, but make it quick. You know how I’ve always been afraid of the dark.”

  5. Posted March 22, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    We ot really close to Kea in Arthur’s Pass. Hoping you do too! 🙂

    • Posted March 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      Was this at the pass itself or in Arthur’s Pass Village, which I gather is 4 km away?

      • Posted March 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        Hi Jerry, this was part way up Avalanche Peak, very close by, within just a few miles. But probably 1000 vertical feet above the valley.

        • Gordon
          Posted March 22, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

          The top of Avalanche Peak is probably the best place to see Kea as it it’s a day climb from the village and not only do you get close if they decide to come by but you also look down on them swooping around in the valleys below.

          • Posted March 23, 2017 at 8:17 am | Permalink

            Here we are at the top:

            More intimate view of a Kea:

            • Diane G.
              Posted March 23, 2017 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

              Loving your pics!

              What a rugged looking habitat!

      • Posted March 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

        Per Google Maps, Avalanche Peak is directly above the Pass itself, just west of the Pass.

        • Posted March 22, 2017 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

          Correction: Directly above the village. (I wasn’t zoomed in enough in Google Maps).

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted March 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

            Or, go to http://www.topomap.co.nz which has the large-scale 1:50,000 LINZ maps of the whole country in zoomable form.

            cr

  6. Claudia Baker
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Good luck!!

  7. Taskin
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I hope you get your Kea!

  8. Posted March 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    What a beak!! Hope you get to see it.

  9. Randall Schenck
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Not an expert on the religious but why would Mo be asking Jesus about lent?

  10. Steve Pollard
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    In one of the stranger Government announcements this year, it was revealed that our beloved Prime Minister was giving up salt-and-vinegar flavoured crisps (US: potato chips) for Lent. The reason why is not fully clear. There is speculation that this is a sly reference to a comment some time ago by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, that when the Brexit negotiations take place “there will be no cakes on the table, for anyone, but only salt and vinegar”.

    • Posted March 22, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      Salt and vinegar — my favorite flavor of chips (crisps)!

      • rickflick
        Posted March 22, 2017 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

        In Canada we put vinegar and salt on chips known in the US as French Fries. They are often served in paper cones by street vendors.

        • Posted March 23, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

          And add the (malt) vinegar to the fish that comes alongside the chips! 🙂

          • Kev
            Posted March 23, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

            An Italian friend of mine: “You mean the English make vinegar out of BEER????!!!!”

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted March 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      @steve Not impressed. I expect a committed Christian to give up their Vivienne Westwood tartan trouser suits – to eschew all designer labels! I hope St. Peter puts her to the back of the queue at the Pearlies

  11. grasshopper
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I put on weight during Lent. It’s the only time of the year I eat fast food.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:27 am | Permalink

      I never thought of that before: the correct way to fast is to eat fast food – simples!

  12. Diane G.
    Posted March 23, 2017 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Love Andrew Berry’s portrait!

  13. Posted March 23, 2017 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Siduri, the barmaid, kept a tavern by the edge of the sea. (Legend of Gilgamesh)

    I wonder why Moses doesn’t address her by name.


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