Society’s outcasts. Felons. Rapists. Drug dealers. Panhandlers. Prostitutes. Law breakers in general. Those who won’t/can’t work. People of hated religions. And others who have to stand “last.” Atheists. Agnostics. And all of us who mistakenly believe that God backs up religious insiders, government officials, hatred, discrimination, and prejudice from anyone who holds authority in the world. For some, to disobey or offend the Big Judge, means I’ll be locked up, no parole, without any hope, the key thrown away– and nothing I could do would make a difference. But reading with the “damned,” as opposed to those who have already been comforted, may help us see the Spirit’s mercy to each one on the page. Inspired by, “I Need a Beating” – Reading for Good News among Mexican Immigrants and Inmates Submerged in the Bad News.