They have an efficacious power
written deep within the interstices of their syllables;
these words of Jesus.
We disciples should repeat them often,
even the difficult ones.
We should speak them confidently
with an attitude of blessing, hope
Be at peace! Forgive!
Love your neighbour!
(And your enemies.)
Do for others
as you would have them do for you!
Walk away from your wealth!
(How did that one sneak in?)
Be free! Live fully! Follow!
laying aside reservations
and overcoming our inhibitions,
we might even voice the words
loudly, in public spaces.
We could spray them rudely on walls,
pass them out with cups of water,
or paint them boldly upon our faces;
shouting with appropriate outrage and defiance,
and causing good people