Sunday, January 17, 2021

Queerying 3rd after Epiphany B

River Needham, MA queeries the Tanakh reading.

ID: a sample of sackcloth, a light brown, loosely woven fabric against a dark background.
Tanakh: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

The word of the Becoming One came to Jonah a second time: “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city of mine, and preach to it.” Jonah went at once to Nineveh in accordance with the Becoming One’s command. Nineveh was an enormously large city a three days’ walk across. Jonah started out and made his way into the city the distance of one day’s walk, and proclaimed: “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” The people of Nineveh believed God. They proclaimed a fast, and great and small alike put on sackcloth.


God saw what they did, how they were turning back from their evil ways. Then, God renounced the punishment She had planned to bring upon them, and did not carry it out.

Queeries for the text:
What does God's word sound like?
What does preaching look like?
Does God speak Hebrew? What does a Hebrew command look like?
Why are cities enormously large?
What is missing from this passage?
How can we turn from our evil ways?


Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
ID: dark skinned hands use a metal hook to mend a white net while other netting is visible in the background.

Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the reign of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 
16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishers. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed Jesus. 
19As Jesus went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately Jesus called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.  

Queeries for the text:
Why was John arrested?  What happened to him?
What does it look like to repent?
When a fisher catches fish, what happens to the fish?
Who are the Sons of Thunder?
How do you mend nets?
How did Zebedee feel?
What are your queeries?

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