...Then Jesus took his disciples up on the mountain and gathered them
him. And he taught them, saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are you who thirst for justice.
Blessed are you who are persecuted.
Blessed are you who suffer ...
And Simon said, "Do we have to write this down?"
And Philip said, "Will this be on the test?"
And John said, "Would you repeat that?"
And Andrew said, "John the Baptist's disciples don't have to learn this stuff."
And Matthew said, "Huh?"
And Thomas said, "What's this got to do with real life?"
And Paul said, "Will the exam be open book?"
Then one of the Pharisees, an expert in the law, said, "I don't see any
of this in your syllabus. Do you have a lesson plan? Is there a summary?
Where's the student guide? Will there be a follow-up assignment?"
Judas, who had missed the sermon, came to Jesus privately later and said,
"I had an appointment with the Romans, so I had to miss your lecture. Did we do anything important today?"
. . . And Jesus wept.