In Canberra 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 the Tony Abbott and the Joe Hockey 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;Tony Abbott and the Joe Hockey
would be delighted to visit the priest.
As they went to the hospital, Tony commented to Joe, "I don't know why
the old priest wants to see us
It will certainly will help our images and might even get me elected Prime Minister.
After all, I'm IN IT TO WIN IT".
Joe agreed that it was a good thing.
When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Tony's hand in his
right hand and Joe's hand in his left.
There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest's face.
Finally Tony Abbott 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 Tony, "Amen", said Joe.
The old priest continued, "Jesus died between two lying thieves; I would
like to do the same."