What would Freud say?
Flagstaff, Arizona was the most recent occurrence of
"transubstantiation" of the body of Christ, as this time his body took the
shape of a banana. On April 22 Felix Rodriguez, 43 (pictured, with said
banana), who runs a kiosk at the Flagstaff Farmer's Market every Saturday and
Sunday, was separating the good fruit from the bad just before opening when
he felt as if hit by a bolt of lightning.
"Everything went away. It was only for a second, then I was back." Said
Rodriguez. "I was holding this piece of fruit and I looked down at it and
saw what I believe to be the face of Jesus on the banana..." Rodriguez
chuckles at the absurdity of his claim. "I don't care what anyone says. I
am sure it's Jesus."
Turn the Other Peel: Rodriguez and his Mythical Banana
Having never been an avid churchgoer himself, Rodriguez drew a sizable crowd
of the pious and nonbelievers alike, all debating the veracity of his claim.
"I don't know if I should be opening my kiosk on Sundays!" Rodriguez jokes.
"It sure helped my business that day, and it has been booming ever since! I
bought myself a new TV set last week with the proceeds."
Church parishioners, as usual, find the appearance of Christ to be, well,
"I don't pretend to know the ways of Christ," says Catholic Priest Eduardo
Velazquez. "But I do not personally believe he came down to that farmer's
market to make Mr. Rodriguez rich. I can't complain, thought, because church
attendance went up once this story got around. I guess sometimes it takes
something like this to up attendance. Still, I have to contact the Vatican
about this kind of thing, which is a lot of red tape. I don't think the
banana will last that long."
What was the fate of the banana itself? "After a couple of days, it was
brown all over." Rodriguez says. "I didn't want it to go to waste. I made
myself a little fruit smoothie out of it with some orange juice and some
strawberries. I hope I don't go to Hell for that..."
API Wire Service
Photo Courtesy of Bob Stephens, Flagstaff Times-Herald