Tuesday, February 19, 2019

7th after Epiphany year C

Periodic queerier, River Needham, queeries the Tanakh reading.

Tanakh: Genesis 45:3-11, [12-14], 15
Joseph said to eir brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still well?”
But eir brothers could not answer em, so dumbfounded were they on account of em.
Then Joseph said to eir brothers, “Come forward to me.”
Then, when they came forward, ey said:
“I am your brother Joseph, ey whom you sold into Egypt.
Now, do not be distressed or reproach yourselves because you sold me to them;
it was to save life that God sent me ahead of you.
It is now two years that there has been famine in the land,
and there are still five years to come in which there shall be no yield from tilling.
God has sent me ahead of you to ensure your survival on earth,
and to save your lives in an extraordinary deliverance.
So, it was not you who sent me here, but God;
and She has made me a parent to Pharaoh, sovereign of all his household,
and ruler over the whole land of Egypt.
“Now, hurry back to my father and say to him:
Thus says your son Joseph, ‘God has made me lord of all Egypt;
come down to me without delay.
You will dwell in the region of Goshen, where you will be near me—
you and your children and your grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all that is yours.
There I will provide for you—for there are yet five years of famine to come—
that you and your household and all that is yours may not suffer want.’
[You can see for yourselves, and my brother Benjamin for himself, 
that it is indeed I who am speaking to you. 
Then, you must tell my father everything about my high station in Egypt and all that you have seen;

and bring my father here with all speed.
With that ey embraced eir brother Benjamin around the neck and wept, 
and Benjamin wept on eir neck.]
Ey kissed all eir brothers and wept upon them; only then were eir brothers able to talk to em.

Queeries for the text:
What does Joseph's first question point to?
Who else in Torah is dumbfounded?
Why does this famine get extensive Biblical coverage? Where are there famines today? What causes the famine?
Is God condoning or partaking in human trafficking?
Why is it important for Joseph's father to come to em?
Where is Goshen?
What happens to all of the people who live in Goshen?
What do Benjamin's tears portray?
What might Joseph's brothers say to em?


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Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.

Gospel: Luke 6:27-38
Jesus said:
27“But I say to you that listen,
Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
28bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you.
29If anyone strikes you on the cheek,
offer the other also;
and from anyone who takes away your coat
do not withhold even your shirt.
30Give to everyone who begs from you;
and if anyone takes away your goods,
do not ask for them again.
31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32“If you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them.
33If you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
For even sinners do the same.
34If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
to receive as much again.
35But love your enemies,
do good,
and lend,
expecting nothing in return.
Your reward will be great,
and you will be children of the Most High;
who is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
36Be merciful,
just as the One who made you and loves you is merciful.

37“Do not judge,
and you will not be judged;
do not condemn,
and you will not be condemned.
and you will be forgiven;
and it will be given to you.
A good measure,
pressed down,
shaken together,
running over,
will be put into your lap;
for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

Queeries for the text:
What does it mean to love your enemy?
How do you pray for those who abuse you?
Why would you offer the other cheek?
Why would you strip naked for someone?
How is our relationship with money life-giving?  How is it life-taking?
When is it not good to do to others as you would have them do to you?
How has this text been harmful?
A good measure of what?

What are your queeries?

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