Some people habitually attack themselves. “What are you doing??!” “You idiot!” “Fat. Loser.” “Sometimes I wish I could tear you up in little pieces and start over from scratch you worthless …”
Don’t ask me how I know this.
And sometimes we can hear something entirely new in a reading from the Bible we have heard a hundred times or more.
Like this one, from yesterday in the worship service:
You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.” But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say “You fool,” you will liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then offer your gift. (Matthew 5:21-24)
Imagine someone pointing out: “This goes for yourself, too.”
Basic kindness is for you, too.