Those who followed Jesus up the mountain were eager to hear his teachings. The idle and indifferent would not make the effort.
Jesus does not begin his teaching with commands and demands. He begins with declarations. He talks about promises and blessings as he describes the very stuff of character.
Goethe gave us the tale of a wonderful silver lamp. He said when it was placed in a fisherman's hut, it changed the atmosphere of the hut -- all within shined like silver. Jesus' beatitudes are like that lamp. Anyone embracing his teachings will have life lighted up.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.