A parody is defined as "a humorous imitation of a serious writing" according to the World Book Dictionary. Here is are examples of parodies which appeared in a local newspaper some time ago:

"I was hungry, and you formed a committee and discussed my hunger, thank you.

"I was naked, and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance, thank you.

"I was sick, and you knelt and thanked God for your own health, thank you.

'I was homeless, and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of God, thank you.

"I was lonely, and you left me alone to pray for me, thank you. "You seem so holy, so close to God.

"But I'm still very hungry, and lonely, and cold."

Do you recognize the original statements in Matthew 25? Jesus summed the passage up this way: "If you do it unto the least of these my brethren, you do it unto me."

Another parody goes this way:

"Though I have taken three years of Greek and Hebrew, if I have not love, I am become a scholarly windbag, and though I teach a Bible class, and attend every gathering of the Saints, and though I have missed only one week of visitation (when I had the flu), if I have not love, I am nothing.

"And though I give liberally of my means, and always have my Bible lesson done on time, and have driven bunches of kids to VBS once, and though I invited the preacher's family to dinner just last month, if I have not love, the whole thing means nothing. "Love keeps on loving when others don't love back.

"Love doesn't get jealous when the next door neighbor can afford a BMW.

"Love isn't rude to the persistent salesperson.

"Love is gracious when the line you have been standing in for an hour closes just as you reach the counter.

"Love keeps on loving, even when embarrassed by your teenager's hair, music or friends.

"Love isn't thwarted by 10 hours of screaming kids, soiled diapers, dirty dishes and a perpetual mess in the living room.

"And now abides faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is genuine love that keeps on loving ... because God did!"

--Based on 1 Corinthians 13