“This is crazy” whispered Adam.
“Yes” replied Al. “It’s insane.”
Califano continued. “Oh Lord of all creation my secret heart is filled with joy today, with the sanguine expectation of your judgment. Your mightiness has been revealed at last and you have chosen me to reveal it to me. I am humbled and relieved. While others disobeyed your commandments, your ordinances and the pleading of our ancestors, the prophets, we have maintained the flame of true faith and have remained blind to the temptations of the flesh. And now we are blessed to be the receivers of your final strokes of discipline.”
“What’s he talking about?” asked Adam.
“We worship you in dirt, because we are dirt” Califano continued. “There are those among us who will worship you in blood, the blood of innocence.” Califano stepped down on to the dirt floor and kneeled. “We spread the ashes of your creation on our heads to signify the end. We rend our clothes to bare our souls to your mighty scourge.” Califano tore open his robe to reveal a bare chest with what looked like barbed wire surrounding it. “We crown ourselves with the ashes of guilt and regret.” He picked up dirt from the floor and poured it on his head. “And now I await the flash of your power, the flame of your benediction to remove me and all here to that sacred place where no evil befalls us and no plagues comes nigh our dwelling. Thank you Father for allowing me to partake in the anguish of your chosen people.”
“He’s talking about the end” said Al.
“The end of what?”
“The end of the world.”
“And now Oh Almighty One, let the wars start, let the worm come, let the fires flare up. We are ready.” Califano rose and went back behind the wall followed by the other priests.
“Is this a joke” asked Adam.
“It’s no joke. It’s the day of judgment, the end of all time and space, the last days, Armageddon, the Apocalypse, the Destruction of Babylon. It’s why you’re here.”
(To be continued.)