Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Queerying 5th after Epiphany year C

Periodic Queerier, River Needham, queeries the Tanakh reading.

Tanakh: Isaiah 6:1-13
In the year that King Uzziah died, I beheld my Becoming One seated on a high and lofty throne;
and the skirts of Faer robe filled the temple.
Seraphs stood in attendance on Faer.
Each of them had six wings: with two she covered her face,
with two she covered her feet,
and with two she would fly.
And one would call to the other, “Holy, holy, holy!
The Becoming one, ruler of Angel Armies!
Faens presence fills all the earth!”
The doorposts would shake at the sound of the one who called,
and the House kept filling with smoke.
I cried, “Woe is me; I am lost!
For I am a human of unclean lips
and I live among a people of unclean lips;
yet my own eyes have beheld
the Faerie Queen, the Becoming One, ruler of Angel Armies.”
Then one of the seraphs flew over to me with a live coal,
which she had taken from the altar
with a pair of tongs.
She touched it to my lips and declared,
“Now that this has touched your lips,
your guilt shall depart and your sin be purged away.”
Then I heard the voice of the Becoming One, my ruler saying,
“Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
So, I said, “Here am I; send me.”
Then, Fae said, “Go, say to that people:
‘Hear, indeed, but do not understand;
See, indeed, but do not grasp.’
Dull that people’s mind, stop its ears, and seal its eyes—
lest, seeing with its eyes,
and hearing with its ears,
it also grasp with its mind, and repent and save itself.”
I asked, “How long, my ruler?”
Fae replied: “Till towns lie waste without inhabitants and houses without people,
and the ground lies waste and desolate—
for the Becoming One will banish the population—
and deserted sites are many in the midst of the land.

“But while a tenth part yet remains in it, it shall repent. It shall be ravaged like the terebinth and the oak, of which stumps are left even when they are felled: its stump shall be a holy seed.”

Queeries for the text:
Who is King Uzziah?
How big is a skirt to fill the entire temple? What might this say about faer body?
Where else does woe show up in the Tanakh?
What might a seraphim look like?
What other religions have a faerie queen?
Do the Angel Armies participate in war? Is peace on earth possible?
What does coal do when it touches land?
Is the Becoming One ableist in Faer prophecy?
What does the Becoming One's exiling of Faer people say about Faer?
What is terebinth?


Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.

Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret,
and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,
2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake;
the fishers had gone out of them
and were washing their nets.
3Jesus got into one of the boats,
the one belonging to Simon,
and asked him to put out a little way from the shore.
Then Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

4When Jesus had finished speaking,
he said to Simon,
“Put out into the deep water
and let down your nets for a catch.”
5Simon answered,
“Master, we have worked all night long
but have caught nothing.
Yet if you say so,
I will let down the nets.”
6When they had done this,
they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.
7So they signaled their partners in the other boat
to come and help them.
And they came and filled both boats,
so that they began to sink.
8But when Simon Peter saw it,
he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying,
“Go away from me, Lord,
for I am a sinful man!”
9For Simon and all who were with him were amazed
at the catch of fish that they had taken;
10and so also were James and John,
sons of Zebedee,
who were partners with Simon.
Then Jesus said to Simon,
“Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching people.”
11When they had brought their boats to shore,
they left everything and followed Jesus.

Queeries for the text:
Where is lake of Gennesaret?
How far is "a little way"?
Why did Simon Peter fall at Jesus' knees instead of Jesus' feet?
How do you teach in a boat to people on the shore?
What did Jesus say to the crowd?  Did Jesus ask before just hopping into the boat?
Did they normally fish in deep water?
How many fish do you need to make a boat sink?
Are Simon and Simon Peter the same person?
Why does Simon/Simon Peter want Jesus to go away?  What is he ashamed of?
Is catching humans a good thing?
Who took over the abandoned boats?

What are your queeries?

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