I downloaded this the same February day in 1998 that I discovered yesterday’s post.
At times I do wonder just how much of Jesus’ teaching his followers really understood when they first heard it. So much of it went against the cultural norm (something that remains true for Jesus’ words today.
This version of the Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5 if you want to look it up) takes some liberties with the original, but also makes a point about human nature that is well worth remembering. We seem to want things easy, but that isn’t always the way life works.
Then Jesus took his disciples up the mountain and gathering them around, He taught them saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are they that mourn.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are they who thirst for justice.
Blessed are you when persecuted.
Blessed are you when you suffer.
Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in Heaven.
Then Simon Peter said, “Do we have to write this down?”
And Andrew said, “Are we supposed to know this?”
And James said, “Will we have a test on this?”
And Phillip said, “I don’t have any paper.”
And Bartholomew said, “Do we have to turn this in?”
And John said, “The other disciples didn’t have to learn this.”
And Matthew said, “Can I go to the bathroom?”
And Judas said, “What does this have to do with real life?”
Then one of the Pharisees who was present asked to see Jesus’ lesson plans and inquired of Jesus, “What are the objectives in the cognitive domain and your plans for remediation?”