A Parable for Teachers who are anxiously looking for Spring Break. The story
is fictional but gives a tongue-in-cheek look at how things might have been
in Rabbi Jesus’ class:
Then Jesus took his disciples up the mountain and, gathering them around
him, he taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all
kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same
way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Then Simon Peter said, “Are we supposed to know this?”
And Andrew said, “Do we have to write this down?”
And James said, “Is this going to be on the next quiz?”
And Phillip said, “Is there an answer guide in the library?”
And Bartholomew said, “What came after poor?”
And Judas (not Iscariot) jerked awake and asked “Did I miss something?”
And John said, “The other disciples didn’t have to learn this!”
And Simon the Zealot said, “Don’t turn the power point off yet.”
And Judas was more interested in counting the milk money.
And three disciples were tardy and missed the main points.
And Matthew left early to use the bathroom.
One of the Pharisees who was present asked to see Jesus’ lesson plan and
inquired of Him, “Where are your anticipatory sets and your unit objectives
in Bloom’s taxonomy of the cognitive domain?”
And Jesus wept.
Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”