Before we can talk about The Sermon, you need to hear it. Don’t just read it in your head, like an intellectual exercise. This kind of reading is entirely a Western thing, and I’m not sure it is an entirely good thing. Remember that Jesus spoke this, and it burned into the memory of the apostles because they repeated it over and over again before it was written down.
You can listen to me reading the first part by clicking the little microphone to the right or you can read it yourself. Which ever option you choose, go hear the first part of the sermon (Matthew 5:1-16). Go now, and don’t come back until you’ve finished! (I need to write the next post anyway.)