Good friends, good food, good wine… bon appetite! Is that it? Is that all? Let me tell you my plan…
The Lord says: I have called you friends if you do whatsoever I command you.
The Lord says: Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God… and again, My flesh is meat indeed.
The Lord says: The new wine is better. Prepare your wineskin to receive the new wine of my spirit. For these are drunken as you suppose.
Flee youthful lusts, even as old men and women. Eschew nuanced replies… let your yes be yes, and let your no be no. All else is sin.
Don’t you know and have you not heard that it’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God? Yet, I am full of mercy, says The Lord. I am slow to anger and full of compassion, knowing that your frame is but dust. I am easily touched by the feelings of your infirmities. I am your ever present help in time of need. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, and I will exalt you in due season.
Your vineyards are about to cast forth their fruit. Take heed that they not fall to the earth, but that you gather the fruit in due season. It is written, “a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands… so shall poverty come upon you as an armed man.” Let your poverty be of a needy one in spirit, and be not wise in your own eyes, O France