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bj-moore from Cordova, Tennessee
6 July 2007
Created In The Image Of God - Why Are We Here? (Hint: It's not about
God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness."
M * A * S * H - (Season 9, Episode 18: Blood Brothers directed by Harry
Morgan - original air date April 6, 1981 - rebroadcast on Hallmark
Channel at 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. CST on Monday, February 13, 2006) -
Thanks to IMDb.com for episode and cast information.
The Setting: Col. Sherman T. Potter (Harry Morgan) has informed Father
Francis J. Mulcahy (William Christopher) "person to parson" that
Cardinal Reardon (Ray Middleton) will visit MASH 4077 in two days.
Father Mulcahy has been trying to get others to put on a front to
impress the Cardinal. The priest is concerned that he will not have
enough time to prepare an impressive sermon for Sunday service.
Meanwhile Pvt. Gary Sturgis (Patrick Swayze) has a broken arm and is
very concerned about his buddy, Dennis Lowry (Dennis Troy), who is very
ill with a high temperature, infection and internal bleeding. Pvt.
Sturgis wants to give his own blood for Denny.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda) has tested Pvt.
Sturgis' blood and found that he has leukemia and will be unable to
donate his blood to Denny. Being very uncomfortable presenting the news
to Pvt. Sturgis, Hawkeye takes some time deciding what to do. The
nurses take several extra blood samples from Gary for Hawkeye to do
more tests to verify his findings. Hawkeye makes arrangements for Gary
to go to Tokyo for specialized treatment. When Hawkeye finally tells
Gary about his condition and the plans to send him to Tokyo, Gary has
the expected reaction of shock facing his own impending death. Pvt.
Sturgis knows that there is no known cure for leukemia and that going
to Tokyo will not change the final outcome. He wants to stay at the
4077 for his buddy. As a doctor, Hawkeye also knows there is little
hope for Gary, but with false hope, he still wants to Gary to go.
Father Mulcahy learns of Gary's sad news and chooses to spend time with
Fast forward to the next morning, Sunday: The Cardinal, in his
vestments, is in the mess hall with the many soldiers of the 4077, all
waiting for the Sunday service to begin. Father Mulcahy is not present.
Col. Potter sends Cpl. Maxwell "Max" Q. Klinger (Jamie Farr) to look
for the priest. In post-op, Hawkeye has again talked with Gary about
the plans to send him to Tokyo. Gary resists, saying that he knows that
a few days will make no difference for him, but that his presence at
the 4077 and his encouragement will make a big difference for his
buddy, Denny. Hawkeye still insists. Father Mulcahy takes Hawkeye to
the side and convinces him to let Gary stay at the 4077. Klinger comes
in and finds the good Father in post-op. Father Mulcahy had been
totally absorbed in his ministry to Gary and lost track of time, even
forgetting that the Cardinal was there and having not prepared his
Scene change: Klinger walks into the mess hall with Father Mulcahy, who
is still in his bathrobe. Col. Potter is at the podium, and yields to
the priest. Father Mulcahy begins:
"Good morning. Well, here we are. It's Sunday again. I'm sure you've
all come expecting to hear a sermon. Well, I have to admit I'm not as
prepared as I'd like to be. I'm not even dressed as I'd like to be. I
was working on my sermon, which I'd hoped would be particularly
inspirational in honor of Cardinal Reardon. But I was called away.
Well, to be honest, I never got back to it. If you'll just bear with
me, I'd like to share with you the reason why.
"I want to tell you about two men, each facing his own crisis. The
first man you know rather well. The second is a patient here. Well, the
first man thought he was facing a crisis, but what he was really doing
was trying to impress someone. He was looking for recognition -
encouragement - a pat on the back. Whenever that recognition seemed
threatened he reacted rather childishly - blamed everyone for his
problems but himself - because he was thinking only of himself.
"But the second man was confronted with the greatest crisis mortal man
can face - the loss of his life. I think you'll agree *that* the second
man had every right to be selfish; but instead he chose not to think of
himself, but of a brother - a brother. And when the first man saw the
dignity and the selflessness of the second man, he realized how petty
and selfish he - I - I - I had been that made me see something more
clearly than I've ever seen it before.
"God didn't put us here for that pat on the back; He created us so He
could be here Himself - so that He could exist in the lives of those He
created in His image."
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