Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Queerying Holy Innocents

Periodic queerier, River Needham, queeried the reading from the Tanakh.

Tanakh: Jeremiah 31:15-17
Thus said the Becoming One: A cry is heard in Ramah—wailing, bitter weeping—Rachel weeping for her children. She refuses to be comforted for her children, who are gone.
Thus said the Becoming One: restrain your voice from weeping, your eyes from shedding tears;
for there is a reward for your labor—declares the Becoming One:
They shall return from the enemy's land. And there is hope for your future—declares the The Becoming One: your children shall return to their country.

Queeries for the text:
Who weeps today?
Who weeps today?
Who weeps today?
Who weeps today?
Where is Ramah? What is its importance?
Where are the children gone to?
How can God offer a reward for such a horrible deed?
Where are we waiting for people to return to their country?


Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeried the reading from the Gospel.

Gospel: Matthew 2:13-18
13Now after the magi had left,
an angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream
and said,
“Get up,
take the child and their mother,
and flee to Egypt,
and remain there until I tell you;
for Herod is about to search for the child,
to destroy them.”
14Then Joseph got up,
took the child and their mother by night,
and went to Egypt,
15and remained there until the death of Herod.
This was to fulfill what had been spoken by God
through the prophet,
“Out of Egypt I have called my child.”

16When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi,
he was infuriated,
and he sent
and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem
who were two years old or under,
according to the time that he had learned from the magi.
17Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
18“A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled,
because they are no more.”

Queeries for the text:
What are magi?
How are our dreams guiding us today?
Who provided refuge for those who were fleeing?
What happens when powerful people are tricked?
Who are slaughtered today?
Who are slaughtered today?
Who are slaughtered today?
Who are slaughtered today?
How are we carrying out Herod's orders?
How are we we weeping without consolation?

What are your queeries?

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