More Sermon on The Mount 2
Maxims For Our Children: A Look at The Teachings of Jesus, The Christ
Today, as yesterday, the wise one sat on the bed after his morning prayers, to observe his two children. They got up at the usual time, and prepared for their prayer as they had done previously. This time they had acquired some flowers bought by their father the afternoon before. The room had a fragrant and aroma -therapeutic smell as they both sat for prayer.
The wise one had a great love for his daughter. She was not blessed with a voice as beautiful as her brother’s, but she had a simple and childlike heart. She was also very focused for one so young, and quite used to applying herself attentively to her work. Seizing on this moment to hear his daughter sing, the God-lover interrupted their prayers:
“Sing me a song, Kanya.” He said. “You have not sung for me for quite some time.”
“My Eternal Friend, I offer gratitude
And a prayerful bow to you.
Thank you for taking me through the night,
With the promise of a new dawn.
Tomorrow will come and go.
Only remain seated inside my heart,
And kindle the fire of remembrance within me.”
Wise one: “Exquisite, my daughter. Exquisite! This word means that you sing so well; with so much yearning, that you have melted my heart.”
Kanya: “Thank you, daddy. Thank you. It is because of your love and attention that I can sing so well.”
Once more paying homage to their Lord Christ, they then went back to their respective beds for a short rest.
It was just after eight and once more they were all gathered together. Kanya and Junior waited patiently for their father to continue as had been promised the day before. Opening his King James version of St. Matthew’s Gospel from where he had stopped, he continued to teach them like this:
“For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” St. Matthew, 5:20
Wise one: “My children, throughout history, men and women of intellect and wearing robes and garments, have sought to teach us about God; yet hiding the truth from us. They seek our favour, but do not live exemplary lives. Our Lord asks us to be weary of them:
“Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the market places …” St. Mark 16:38-40
Wise one continues: “For it is our hearts goodness, which draws us closer to our Lord, and not our clothing or intellect. For us to enter heaven, we must live lives which are pure and without pretentions.
All: “Thank you, father.”
Wise one: “But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” St. Matthew, 5:39.
Junior: “Is this a safe thing to do, dad?”
Wise one: “No, my child, for turning the other cheek may also lead to your death. Our Lord meant that forgiveness is of great importance. An all-loving Light will ultimately conquer ignorance or darkness. Besides, when people see that you are a loving person, they will generally wish to leave you alone. Still, some men love darkness rather than light and will harm you or send you back to God. It is not a victory for God to see His loving children return too quickly to heaven, for by so doing, His work here will be slower in expression of good deeds.
He wants us to disciple to nations, (Ibid, 28:19); to be as harmless as doves but as wise as serpents:
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Ibid, 10:16.
“What then shall we do, dad?” asked Kanya.
Wise one: “Restraint, my children, do your best with the minimum of harm, and with purity of conscience; sincerity of intent. Let your intention be pure, and your devotion steadfast and one-pointed to the Lord, as Job’s was, and you will be protected.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Ibid, 5:8
“He that hath clean hands and a pure heart, who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully, he shall receive the blessings from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of salvation.” Psalms 24:4-5.
Junior: “Thank you daddy. This is sound advice.”
Kanya: “I shall practice, daddy. I shall practice this.”
Wise one: (filled with divine pride). “Thank you, my children.”
Kanya: (reading) “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
Wise one: “Yet another lesson on purity. We must go to God with a pure heart. Loving, praying and doing good deeds, purifies our hearts. We should not carry out evil for evil:
”Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” Romans, 13:17.
Paul, the apostle, continues to ask us to ‘bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Ibid, 13: 14-15.
Going to our Lord with a clear conscience makes it easier to receive His love. That is why He asks us to first make peace with our brother, before offering our gifts upon the altar. St. Matthew, 5:24.
Finally, prayer has a marvellous effect. We will serve others best by praying for them with good wishes in our hearts, and so contribute to making our world a safer and more peaceful place. Be careful, though, that you do not always try through persuasion. It is sometimes wiser to avoid contact. Go to your Father in secret, and your Father which sees in secret, will reward you openly.” (St. Matthew, 6:6)
Junior: “Sound advice, father. Sound advice.”