All Saint – Sermon at the “Bottom of the mount!”
Bottom Line: But today I am about to present to you a new writing of the beatitude. This one will make you stop and shudder! It is written by the devil. It is the sermon of the Mount but the sermon at the “bottom of the mount.” It will help us to quickly run from our evil doings and set our life back on God’s so that one day we can be called Saint of the Church! And here it is:
Father Martino Nguyen Ba-Thong (St. Teresa of Avila – Grovetown, GA)
ALL SAINT – Year B
Sermon at the “Bottom of the mount!”
A few years ago NBC hit the jackpot with the show Heros. If you have seen it you know that the people on the show have various powers making them capable of doing things beyond any sort of scientific possibility. There’s a man who can fly without wings or any sort of propulsion. There’s a man who walks through walls. Another one stops time and travels in time, etc. NBC built on people’s fascination with the ability to do that beyond the physically possible. The Fantastic Four movies, Spider man, Superman, and many television shows also build on this fascination.
Today, the Church present to you more… heros than you know! They are the men and women, of every age and of every nation, of every language and of every culture, who have been allowed to forever participate in the glory of God in Heaven! From the time of the Creation of man, an immense multitude, a countless assembly of human beings has gathered together before God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! It is all of these creatures that the Church celebrates on this most blessed of days! And these men and women are called BLESSED! Blessed because they do what God asked of them in the Beatitude
But today I am about to present to you a new writing of the beatitude. This one will make you stop and shudder! It is written by the devil. It is the sermon of the Mount but the sermon at the “bottom of the mount.” It will help us to quickly run from our evil doings and set our life back on God’s so that one day we can be called Saint of the Church! And here it is:
1. Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend at least one hour a week with their fellow Christians — they are my best workers.
2. Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked — I can use them
3. Blessed are the touchy who stop going to church — they are my missionaries
4. Blessed are the trouble makers — they shall be called my children
5. Blessed are the complainers — I’m all ears to them
6. Blessed are those who are bored with the minister’s mannerisms and mistakes — for they get nothing out of his sermons and are my insiders
7. Blessed are those who gossip — for they shall cause strife and divisions that please me
8. Blessed are those who are easily offended — for they will soon get angry and quit
9. Blessed are those who do not give their offering to carry on God’s work — for they are my helpers
10. Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister — for he shall be with me forever.
11. Blessed are those who harden their hearts and hold grudges. I’ll be seeing you.
12. Blessed are you who, when you read or hear this but think it is about other people and not yourself I have got you
My dear brothers and sister, we do not want to be blessed by the devil but only by God, so that one day we can see Him and Be with him and with our family the saint in heaven. With that, I invite you not to skip any blessings you can receive. So come back again, next week, and together WE WORSHIP CHRIST IN THE LITURGY!
Father Martino Nguyen Ba-Thong