When I first got started in youth ministry in the mid-nineties, we used to perform a skit called “Weez Chickens.” The basic premise of the skit was that a speaker would begin to talk, only to be interrupted by the rest of the team who would flood the stage acting like chickens. When the annoyed speaker would ask the rest of us what we were doing we’d reply we is chickens! The speaker would ask why do you think you’re chickens? And we’d all reply we’ve been clucking around here so long, we must be chickens! The gag would continue with us coming up with other examples such as bees=buzzing around here, eggs=laying around here, and so on… until the last sequence would have us walk in doing typical Churchy things: one person would be reading a Bible, another making multiple signs of the Cross, another praying the Rosary, etc. When the speaker would ask what we were doing this time, we’d reply: we is Christians… because we do all these holy things. It would lead into a short talk on how being a Christian is about more than just the things you do – it’s about who you are.
This old skit is one of the first things that came to mind when I finally got to read Archbishop Smith’s pastoral letter, Living in the Word of God, which was released today by the Archdiocese of Edmonton. [Read more…]