On the train this morning half not-listening to a subway sermon being held by a middle-aged, whatever that is, gentleman by the door. I generally do not listen to such at all; usually turning up my iPod on it, but apparently the Lord knew the poor soul vying for the stairway to heaven needed a little push in the right direction, even if from a heathen.
The minister* makes an exclamation that sounded strange, but I wasn’t sure and shrugged it off to having an Antoinette moment and misheard him. (Hi Antoinette!) When he repeated it and a couple of teenagers within earshot, clearly as dirty-minded as I, started giggling – it confirmed it for me.
Rai: Uh, excuse me? Sir?
He looks to see who addressed him, so I raised my hand. I think he was about to come over to me and talk shop, but takes one look at my purple hair, decides otherwise and stays by the door. Well, I darn sure was not getting out of my seat. Now, had he any sense, he would have ignored me, at least until I made a bigger pest of myself, but I was counting on his being such a man of God that he could not risk/resist turning his back on a sinner as I in such a public forum as the subway. Alas, I was right as he visibly steeled himself before acknowledging me from the door.
Minister: Yes, my sister?
So, he wants to have this conversation out loud? Fine. By his tone he clearly expects a problem from me, which of course now made me more than happy to oblige.
Raivenne: 1. I’m not your sister and 2. You’re new at this aren’t you?
R: New at subway preaching, or at least nervous, because you’re misquoting a saying and don’t realize it.
His look of incredulous combined with chagrin was well worth the price of admission. I truly wished I had something to drink, so I could take a sip to hide what I knew was a devilish grin starting to spread along my lips. After all how dare a purple-haired wretch such as myself question him?
M: Are you questioning the Word?
R: Never. I am questioning your word as you are misquoting His and a classic exclamation.
M: What do you mean?
R: Yes, the bible uses both lo and behold, but not together as you’re thinking.
A woman sitting across from me starts nodding. I did not need the confirmation, but it was nice to have.
M: And what do you know of the Word?
R: Enough to know that what you’re saying, though attributed to the bible, is really a secular phrase. It’s “lo!” as in hello or look and “behold” as in to see. Not twisted around as you’ve said it.
And because I am a person who is in for a penny-in for a pound, when it comes to being an ass, I could not resist adding…
R: Because, I seriously doubt Christ would ever say “Ho and be lowed”. Not even to Mary Magdalena.
Well, that did it!
The minister walks over to me as he flips through his Holy Bible. He flips, stops, looks, flips again – presumably in search of “lo and behold”. His whole body reads Oh, I’m about to shut you the hell up, all the way up to the point that he realized he’s not. He snapped the bible shut and glared at me.
R: Bible got your tongue?
The woman across from me snorted. I did not bother to hide my evil grin as the train pulled into a station and he left.
I did say I was an ass, no?
*I use minister here strictly in the sense of one who ministers the Word to others. I have no idea whether the gentlemen in question was ordained.