Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Queerying Ash Wednesday

River Needham M.A., queeries the Tanakh reading.

Tanakh: Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17

Blow a horn in Zion, sound an alarm on my holy mount! Let all dwellers on earth tremble, for the day of the Becoming One has come! It is close—
A day of darkness and gloom, a day of densest cloud spread like soot over the hills. A vast, enormous horde— nothing like it has ever happened, and it shall never happen again through the years and ages.

“Yet even now”—says the Becoming One— “Turn back to me with all your hearts, and with fasting, weeping, and lamenting.”
Rend your hearts rather than your garments, and turn back to the Becoming One your God. For They are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in kindness, and renouncing punishment.
Who knows but They may turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind for meal offering and drink offering to the Becoming One your God?

Blow a horn in Zion, solemnize a fast, proclaim an assembly!
Gather the people, bid the congregation purify themselves. Bring together the old, gather the babes and the sucklings at the breast; let the bridegroom come out of his chamber, the bride from her canopied couch.
Between the portico and the altar, let the priests, the Becoming One’s ministers, weep and say: “Oh, spare your people, Becoming One! Let not your possession become a mockery, to be taunted by nations! Let not the peoples say, ‘Where is their God?’”

Queeries for the text:
What kind of horn is blown?
What emotions does the day of the Becoming One bring up in you?
How is darkness good in this text?
What is missing from the pericope?
Who Proclaims an assembly today?
What is the canopied couch in this text?
Who cries out to God today?


Queeries for Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 can be found here from last year and here from the year before.

Queeries for the day:
What blessings does Ash Wednesday give us?
How might music guide your Lenten journey?
What other queeries come up for you?

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