(Rubbing his belly.)
Just like Moses in the wilderness! And the manna from heaven!
Yes! He can do anything! (Looks up.) Praise the Lord. (Resumes with MAN #1.) And healing those poor, sick children?!? Bless their little hearts. (Eyes close; whispers) Thank you, Jesus. (Resumes with Man #1 without missing a beat.) I bet nothing’s beyond him!
(Welcoming the distraction.)
Simon? Simon Peter? Is that you?
Far from the fish nets, aren’t we?
I’d know that voice anywhere! Amazing day! Amazing! We ought to go right now and begin the revolutionary march!
Nonsense! How will we make it to Jerusalem without being set upon by the Romans? And besides, how will we eat?
Did he say eat?!?
(To MAN #2. Laughing.)
Your belly is happily growling with miraculous food that Jesus fellow just gave you! And you wonder how you will eat?
So what if some rabid Romans show up! We can take care of them!
Yes! Jesus can take care of them! Why, he can stop the wind and the waves! (Looks
up.) Praise the Lord. (Resumes with SIMON PETER.) Simon, you know! You saw it. We’ve heard all about it from your Elisabeth! Bless her heart. And healing her sick
mother? (Eyes close; whispers.) Thank you, Jesus. (Resumes without missing a beat.) Tell him, Simon Peter! What do you say?
(Under his breath.)
I say you women talk too much.
(Heading over to Andrew and John.)
Thank you, friend! (Calls after PETER.) It’s good for her to hear that from someone other than me!
What a day! Huh?
Crowds of thousands! All over the hills!
Everyone’s stirring, too! Ready to go!
You know I’m ready! (Stifles yawn. Stretches. Shakes.) I’m always ready!
(ENTER JESUS, with a small CROWD, making his way toward PETER. There is nothing about his physical appearance to set him apart. MAN #1 and WOMAN rush over to him with MAN #2 in tow.)
We know you’re from God! We know you’re sent to redeem our nation!
I say it’s about time! Or my name isn’t Simon--
(Looks up.) Praise the Lord! (Eyes close; whispers.) Thank you, Jesus.
(MAN #1 elbows her. MAN #2 rolls eyes.)
Amen! Hallelujah! Exactly! Yes! Now!
We’ve waited for this moment.
All our life, Andrew!
Men! Are you with me?
(Moves to hoist JESUS to shoulders.)
Yes! We’re through waiting! Revolution! We’ve waited long enough! Let’s go!
(SIMON PETER jumps at JESUS’ command.)
Sit down! All of you! (MAN #2 bows up.) Now I said! (PETER stuffs him down.) Everybody! Quiet!
(Flash of disappointment.)
I know you’re excited, friends, but now is NOT my time! Only the Father knows the time.
You’re kidding me!
What could be better timing than this?
We’d gather tens of thousands en route.
Still! It’s NOT time.
(JESUS gestures to the CROWD as PETER stomps away. ANDREW and JOHN follow. Following conversation ensues privately.)
Listen to him! Just listen to him. He has no intention going to Jerusalem yet! For there is ‘much, much more to be done!’ And so on … and so forth … and so on. (Yawns.)
This is insane. (Stretches.) I know the time. (Yawns.) It's time to fly up the roost before roosters crow. (Looks toward Jesus' way.) Now is my time!