Today's reading is from Matthias 5:3-11:
"Blessed are the middle-class,
For theirs is the kingdom of Christendom.
Blessed are those who mourn about the evils of this world while driving their youth group to McDonalds in their 4WD,
For they will be oblivious to their hypocrisy while they are cocooned in their Christian sub-culture.
Blessed are those who strive for positions of leadership,
For they will inherit the devotion of their followers.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for theological knowledge,
For they will be full of it (in more ways than one).
Blessed are the legalists,
For by judging others, they will avoid scrutiny themselves.
Blessed are the pure in doctrine,
For they will see the idols they have created and be convinced they see God.
Blessed are the sectarian,
For they will call themselves children of God while denying this title to others.
Blessed are those who persecute homosexuals and egalitarians for "righteousness sake",
For they will never cease to find a scapegoat.
Blessed are you when people criticise you and suggest that you have completely missed the message of Jesus.
Rejoice and be glad, for you will believe that you are really being persecuted, just like the prophets before you.
For those who are interested in reading the "parallel version", its Matthew 5:3-11