Periodic queerier, River Needham, queeries the Tanakh reading.
Tanakh: Jeremiah 31:27-34
See, a time is coming—declares the Becoming One—when I will sow the House of Israel and the House of Judah with seed of humans and seed of cattle; and just as I was watchful over them to uproot and to pull down, to overthrow and to destroy and to bring disaster, so I will be watchful over them to build and to plant—declares the Becoming One. In those days, they shall no longer say, “Parents have eaten sour grapes and children’s teeth are blunted.” But every one shall die for their own sins: whoever eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be blunted. See, a time is coming—declares the Becoming One—when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused them—declares the Becoming One. But such is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after these days—declares the Becoming One: I will put my teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts. Then I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer will they need to teach one another and say to one another, “Heed the Becoming One”; for all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall heed Me—declares the Becoming One. For I will forgive their iniquities, and remember their sins no more.
Queeries for the text:
Who is the House of Israel?
Are humans and cows planted?
What are sour grapes?
How are teeth blunted?
How might we have our hearts inscribed?
How do we do the work of forgiveness?
Does God forget when ze forgives?
Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
Gospel: Luke 18:1-8
Then Jesus told the disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
2Jesus said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people.
3In that city there was a widow who kept coming to the judge and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’
4For a while the judge refused; but later said to zirself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone,
5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’”
6And the Powerful One said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7And will not God grant justice to Faer chosen ones who cry to Fae day and night? Will Fae delay long in helping them?
8I tell you, Fae will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Human One comes, will Ze find faith on earth?”
Queeries for the text:
What did we skip?
What kind of judge are we talking about?
What if the widow had not been just in her request?
How do we wear out the unjust?
Who is more God-like: the widow or the judge?
Where does the after explanation come from?
What does it take for the widow to get justice?
What are your queeries?