Science, like facts, can ruin a good story.
Consider the famed “weeping” tree outside St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno, California. Last Wednesday, someone noticed small drips of what appeared to be water were emanating from the crepe myrtle’s branches.
Some consider the fluid the “tears of God” and a small group of believers began huddling under the tree each day.
“I said my prayer and asked the Lord to give me a miracle cause I’m really, really sick,” said Rosemarie Navarro to the local NBC station, WPTV.
Parishioner Maria Ybarra says, “When you say ‘glory be to God in Jesus name’ the tree starts throwing out more water.”
Then, a pesky know-it-all came around and started spewing facts.
Arborist Jon Reelhorn, the aforementioned smartypants, says the water is actually aphid excrement.
“The aphids will suck the sap, the sap goes through the aphid and … it gets so heavy in the summertime that it will drip down,” Reelhorn told the TV station.
He found a similar “weeping” tree across the street, and presumably they are as common as the combination of crepe myrtles, aphids and summer heat.
Ybarra, the first to feel the alleged tears of God, said the inclusion of bugs into the miracle doesn’t change anything for her.
“It is [still] the work of God manifesting here on earth,” Ybarra said.