Image of Jesus Christ Appears in Tile at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Terminal 3

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Jim Delrae
Jesus Christ, that guy looks familiar!
Jesus is back.

This time, instead of appearing in a tortilla or a fabric softener stain, He's chosen a ceramic tile at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport as His stage. The Christ's bearded visage is facing east in a floor tile at a security checkpoint in Terminal Three, home to American, Delta, and Frontier Airlines; apparently Jesus flies coach, as He's nowhere near the First Class Passengers Only sign there. How like Him!

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My friend Jim, who's works for TSA at Sky Harbor, told me about Jesus. I've known Jim since 1974; we even attended Mass together sometimes when we were little kids and both still Catholic, so I knew he was dead serious when he told me that Jesus' face had appeared in the floor of his workplace. I hurried down there, and let me tell you something: As apparitions of Jesus go, this one's pretty cool. He looks a little bit more like the Zig Zag Rolling Papers man than other Jesuses I've seen, but it's definitely Him.

None of the TSA workers seemed all that interested in talking to me about Jesus. One of them said, "Yeah, it kind of looks like God, I guess," when I pointed out Tile Jesus. "All I know is, we've sure had some weirdos around here, ever since it showed up."

I struck up a conversation with one of those weirdos, an unemployed dental hygienist named Becky Martin, who was sitting against a nearby wall reading a Donna Fleisher novel when I introduced myself. "It's definitely Our Lord Jesus Christ," she told me. "He appears to us from time to time in ordinary places, to remind us that He is here with us always, being our spiritual guide."

"Couldn't He just send an occasional telegram?" I asked.

Becky was quick with an answer. "No," she said. "If He did, everyone would just think it was a fake, and His message would not be taken seriously."

"And so He appears in a floor tile instead."

"Well, a while ago He appeared on the window of the Hard Rock Café somewhere in California," she reminded me.

"And what about that guy in Ohio who saw Jesus in a bird dropping on his windshield?" I asked Becky, excitedly.

"I don't know," she said, then frowned. "I've never been to Ohio."


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ttempleton
ttempleton

It looks like a piece of schist to me.

Keith L. Emerson Sr.
Keith L. Emerson Sr.

Get a mop, the cleaning crew fell down on their job again! Give me a break!

Phyllistine
Phyllistine

A. It's terrazzo, not ceramic. B. Plenty of devout Christians and non Christians alike draw the line at miracles in the flooring without other people thinking they're making fun.

Heidi Bakk-Hansen
Heidi Bakk-Hansen

I mean, I'm imagining some janitor coming up and taking out his gum scraper and taking care of that right in front of a bunch of very disappointed candle-holding sorts.

John P. Twigg
John P. Twigg

Don't let the right wingers hear about this, we will have a chapel there.

Ashley Weber
Ashley Weber

This article is fantastic. Seriously. I love it... annnnd I might be singing jesus jesus bo-besus for the rest of the day.

Adam Ceton
Adam Ceton

It is Jesus - He is a busy guy. He was on my new shredder two weeks ago when I pulled off the sticker too!

Future Loves Past
Future Loves Past

Except that is not necessarily what Jesus looked like, that is just the way Jesus looks in European painters interpretations and how Jesus looks in western pop culture.

Marlene Cohen
Marlene Cohen

God works in mysterious ways -- Jim Jefferies.

Roger Nichols
Roger Nichols

OMG! 8 people can look at the same cloud and you'd have 15 different ideas of what it looks like. It's this REALLY the best you got for news? 0.o

Brandon Boetto
Brandon Boetto

Who the hell is looking that closely at the floor as they walk??

Eric Havins
Eric Havins

It's a piece of Trident with the marks of 10,000 shoes stepping on it. FAIL.

Ruth Galko
Ruth Galko

It's totally Jesus and he looks PISSED!

jack.kelly1
jack.kelly1

Typical of the New Times to mock other's beliefs. How they enjoy their self ascribed status of the Intellectual Elite.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jack.kelly1 You might want to look up what "self ascribed" means before you use it again.

You don't have to be intellectually elite to see that some beliefs are ridiculous.


jack.kelly1
jack.kelly1

@valleynative@jack.kelly1 I stand by by choice of phrase.

as•cribe (əˈskraɪb)

v.t. -cribed, -crib•ing.

1. to credit or assign, as to a cause or source. 2. to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic. [1375–1425; Middle English ascriven < Middle French ascrivre < Latin ascrībere=a- a-5 + scribere to write; see scribe1] a•scrib′a•ble, adj.  

 I am not a religious person (least of all Christian perhaps) but I do respect people of faith, irrespective of how foolish some of their beliefs may appear to me. You , obviously, are above all that being the intellectual giant that you presume yourself to be. 

jack.kelly1
jack.kelly1

@Flyer9753 @jack.kelly1 Flyer, I think you mean to critique my word selection rather than grammar. But, I don't understand the criticism, is it not accurate to apply the phrase self-ascribe' when one ascribes certain traits to their own description of character? How am I misusing it?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jack.kelly1  

Jack you are simply wrong. After reading your comments and valley's, it's clear you are simply butt hurt that valley pointed out your grammatical mistake and now are looking for and reaching for anything you can think to use to make a counter attack, even though you were not really attacked to begin with.

jack.kelly1
jack.kelly1

@valleynative @jack.kelly1 Not at all. But I am pointing out that intolerance is not a positive trait. Even less so when the intolerant attempts to justify his expressions with claims of his beliefs being superior to those of others. Not only intolerant but also narcissistic.


Are you just a poster here? Or are you the clown who wrote this article?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jack.kelly1 Try not to impose your assumptions onto everybody else.  Or anybody else, for that matter.  I'm responding to you, about what you said, not trying to share my wisdom with the world.   Is that what you're doing?

jack.kelly1
jack.kelly1

@valleynative@jack.kelly1"Where did I ever suggest that I feel a need to be respected for my beliefs?  Admired?  Appreciated"?"

How about the fact that you are posting comments for publication, and public consumption. So you do think that your mockery is something that other readers will appreciate. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jack.kelly1 

You're really not clear on the concept of "ascribing", are you?  Here's a clue: You are ascribing things out of your ass.

Where did I ever suggest that I feel a need to be respected for my beliefs?  Admired?  Appreciated"?

That's all coming out of your imagination and being attributed to me. 

jack.kelly1
jack.kelly1

@valleynative @jack.kelly1 For you to believe that you should be respected in your decision to mock the beliefs of others is proof of two things. First, you do ascribe to yourself a sense of superiority and second, you believe that you should be admired and appreciated for your sparkling wit as you express that mockery. Rather immature, don't you think?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jack.kelly1 "self-ascribed" means literally, "written about yourself".  In common usage, "to claim to be".  You, not PNT, have made that claim.

I don't consider myself to be an intellectual giant, but I don't pretend to respect silly beliefs.  I may respect the people as individuals, but I still don't respect, and may openly mock, their beliefs.

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