Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Queerying Advent 2B

River Needham, MA queeries the Tanakh reading.

ID: artist rendering of an exoplanet orbiting a star in Messier 67. The darkness gifts the ability for light to show the planet.

Tanakh: Isaiah 40:1-11

God tells you to utterly comfort Her people. Speak to Jerusalem with tenderness and declare to her that her term is over and that her wrongdoing has been cleansed after the Becoming One charged her double for her sins.

A voice calls out: Clear a pathway for the Becoming One! Make flat and direct a highway for our God. Let every valley rise up and every hill and mountain bow down so that the rugged ground becomes level and the ridges are indistinguishable.
The presence of the Becoming One shall appear, and all humanity shall see it at once, for the Becoming One has declared it so.

Two voices dialogue:

"What to Proclaim?"

"All flesh is grass and it's goodness fades like a field of flowers: grass withers, flower fade right at the breath of the Becoming One. Humanity is but grass: grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of the Becoming One is always with us."

Climb a high mountain to declare joy to Zion; raise your voice with power. Raise it fearlessly. Announce to the cities across Judah: Behold your God. Behold! The Becoming God comes in might, and Her arm wins his triumph. Her reward and recompense are with Her, and like a shepherd She pastures Her flock: She gathers the lambs in Her arms and carries them in Her bosom.

Queeries for the text:
Where is comfort today? What are we being comforted from?
How are punishments administered?
What paths are there for the Becoming One?
What shall all humanity see at once?
What does it mean to be grass and flowers?
Who is our God? Who can we announce Her to?


Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.

ID: a cereal advertisement for Locust and Wild Honey with bright, warm colors with a bowl of dead locust and honey.
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Child of God.

2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Becoming One,
make Her paths straight,’”
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by John in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7John proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of this one's sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but this one will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Queeries for the text:
What are other beginnings?
Who else's good news is proclaimed?
What does Isaiah actually say?
Why would anybody want anything straight?
Why are they gathering in crowds and not masking up?!
What do locusts and wild honey taste like?

What are your queeries?

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