The plain sermon

  • Sumo

And, turning on the TV, he heard this message:

Blessed are you rich, for you are kings.
Blessed are you who are full, for satisfaction lasts.
Blessed are you who laugh now, for everything is good.
Blessed are you when people love you and say good things about you, because a good name is its own reward.

But woe to you poor, for you don’t interest us.
And woe to you hungry, because you deserve it.
And woe to you who weep, for you’re dragging us down.
And woe to you who when people hate you and revile you, because human judgement is always right.

I say to you who hear, niggle your enemies, do havoc to those who hate you, curse those who hate you, and gossip about those who abuse you. From the one who strikes you on the cheek, withdraw, and from the one who takes away your cloak, get recompense. Be wary of everyone who begs from you, and from the one who takes away your goods, get a good interest rate. And as you wish others would do to you, insist on this standard of treatment.

What an appealing instruction! So encouraging, as it agrees completely with my heart. (Unlike this stuff.)