Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Queerying 2nd after Epiphany B

River Needham, MA queeries the Tanakh reading.

ID: in black and white, clouds fill the top of the scene. At the cloud line, an older person, read as an older man, floats in the air with arms extended. From his torso, rain flows to the earth.  The earth appears to be desert, with some smaller plants and rocks around.

Tanakh: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Young Samuel was in the service of the Becoming One under Eli. In those days the word of the Becoming One was rare; prophecy was not widespread. One day, Eli was asleep in his usual place; his eyes had begun to fail and he could barely see. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the Becoming One where the Ark of God was. 

The Becoming One called out to Samuel, and Samuel answered, “I’m coming.” He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” 

But Eli replied, “I didn’t call you; go back to sleep.” So Samuel went back to lay down. 

Again the Becoming One called, “Samuel!” 

Samuel rose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” 

But Eli replied, “I didn’t call, my son; go back to sleep.”

—Now Samuel had not yet experienced the Becoming One; the word of the Becoming One had not yet been revealed to him.— 

The Becoming One called Samuel again, a third time, and he rose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” 

Then Eli understood that the Becoming One was calling the boy. And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down. If you are called again, say, ‘Speak, Becoming One, for Your servant is listening.’” And Samuel went to his place and lay down. 

The Becoming One came, and stood there, and She called as before: “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”

Queeries for the text:
Why was the word of the Becoming One rare? Why is the word of the Becoming One rare today? Where do we receive the word of the Becoming One today?
When were they sleeping? Why?
Who can sleep in God's temple? Which communities are they permitted in?
What is the significance to being called three times?
Does the Becoming One have a body? How?

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
ID: a blonde barbie with hair up, tilted head, and sequin top looks toward the camera.  In yellow at the bottom of the image words say "Who the fuck are you?"

Gospel: John 1:43-51
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. Jesus found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one about whom Moses in the Torah and also the prophets wrote: Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 
46Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” 
Philip said to Nathanael, “Come and see.” 
47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, Jesus said of Nathanael, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 
48Nathanael asked Jesus, “Where did you get to know me?” 
Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 
49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Divine One! You are the Ruler of Israel!” 
50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And Jesus said to Nathanael, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the messengers of God ascending and descending upon the Human One.”
Queeries for the text:
The next day after what?
Where do we assume goodness comes from? Can anything good come out of any nation?
Where else do fig trees show up?
How do titles convey meaning? How can they contradict meaning?
What's so great about a fig tree?
Where else do messengers of God ascend and descend?
What are your queeries?

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