October 28, 2001

Sermon on the Mount

What is that blessed mystery?
That holy Christianity?
Is it nothing but piety?
Or is there more that we don’t see?
I tell you, more than piety.
But nothing more than what we see.

Not with our eyes, but with our heart
We may with ease set it apart
From all other pious arts.
That one for whom the waters part,
He has told us from Whom Thou art.
Unto your words we all will hark,

The herald as well. Angels sing,
Glory unto God’s Holy King.
The wedding bells finally ring,
When we’re taken under His wing. 
Oh, that we could hear Him speaking
Words that are of everlasting.

Blessed are the poor in spirit
For already they are near it.
Far from the other end, the pit,
In His kingdom the righteous sit.
Their know their place at their end wits’
They cannot save themselves, they’ve quit.

Blessed are the merciful, yes.
He gives them comfort and will bless
Them for their acts to those who’re less.
Those without it are in a mess,
Judgement without mercy, nothing less.
This is the truth, I must confess.

Blessed are they that mourn today,
The comfort they find will repay
For their sorrow along the way.
They see their sin and then they say,
Lord we are sinners, shall we stay?
This is their sorrow for these days.

Blessed are the meek, I swear it.
The whole earth they shall inherit.
The Lord’s righteousness they wear it
As their own with no real merit.
These are humble one’s, not careless
To others they show much patience.

Blessed be they who hunger and thirst
After righteousness, and that first.
They always feel that they’re the worst,
Always looking to lift the curse,
The effects of sin which they nurse.
They shall be filled and not get worse.

Blessed are those who’re pure in heart.
To them alone Thou will impart
The glory of the King Thou art.
Those with clean hands, they are smart.
They shall see God, not just in part.
Toward His throne they all will dart.

Blessed are those who make the peace.
Not just the kind between two teams,
But that which will heal the breach
Between God and man found in each.
This is the gospel that they preach.
The children of God they shall be.

The salt of the earth we all are.
A light shining from off afar.
Though the world know not who we are,
We tell them of their sin, and jar
Their mind to see that they are marred
With guilt from having evil hearts.

The law and the prophets that are past,
He did not end but made them last
Though the heavens and earth shall pass,
His words and the Law shall hold fast.
To ignore this would be quite crass,
We should obey His words en masse.

You heard before, “Thou shalt not kill.”
He tells you now, whoever will
Be angry with his brother still, 
Or is holding unjust ill-will,
Shall suffer punishment until,
They have paid the entire bill.

“Do not commit adultery.”
If a pretty woman you see
At look at her sexually,
You shall be considered guilty
Of committing adultery.
This He states so very clearly.

Divorce is not to be allowed,
Except for fornication now.
How sacred is the wedding vow,
It cannot just be disallowed.
Husband and wife must work it out,
It can be avoided somehow.

Again they said in time of old,
Every oath you should uphold.
The Lord Himself has come and told
Us not to swear or be so bold,
As to promise things we don’t know.
Say “Yes” for yes, and “No” for no.

They said, Tooth for tooth, eye for eye.
A new command will purify
Us of our evil, by and by.
Resist not evil, don’t ask why.
Suffer all wrong, and testify.
The same as Jesus when He died.

Give to those who ask for or need.
Love both neighbor and enemy;
Pray for those who despitefully
Use you. Always do the good deed.
Live your life with much charity.
As God is perfect, you should be.

When you do works of charity,
Try not to let everyone see.
This men do that they may glory
In their own works of piety.
Still do good works, just secretly.
God will reward you openly.

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