Rabbi Solomon, Imam Kabir and the Rev. Clovis Jones were dear friends. After dinner they began a pretended theological dispute over who should wash the dishes. “I should not have to wash the dishes because I am from the chosen people,” said the Rabbi. The Reverend protested, “But your prophets were really predicting Jesus so I should not have to wash the dishes.” Finally, the Imam shook his head and replied, “But even Jesus said that God would send another after him, which is the Prophet Mohammed.  Surely I, as his follower, should not be asked to do the dishes.”

Turning at once, the three holy men stared at the Texas Buddha waiting for his excuse not to wash the dishes. After tying a trash bag, Texas Buddha stood smiling and pointed to the stack of pans waiting to be cleaned. “There are two ways in which one might say a religion is unique. One can say it is the great pan that holds all the others, or that it is the smallest pan that excludes all the others.

If one chooses the smallest pot, religion will only be capable of making little sauces and gravies to put on an otherwise unchanged world. But if one chooses the greatest pan, religion can handle anything life  dishes out, and it includes the smaller pans besides.

Nodding in agreement all four friends began to wash the dishes together.