Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Queerying 4th after Epiphany B

River Needham, MA queeries the Tanakh reading.

ID: God’s creation, a pink peony with a ladybug on it.

Tanakh: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Moses continued:
The Becoming One your God will raise up for you a prophet from among your own people, like myself; hir you shall heed. This is just what you asked of the Becoming One your God at Horeb, on the day of the assembly, saying, “Let me not hear the voice of the Becoming One my God any longer or see this wondrous fire any more, lest I die.” 

Then the Becoming One said to me, “They have done well in speaking this. I will raise up a prophet for them from among their own people, like yourself: I will put My words in hirs mouth and xe will speak to them all that I command hir; and if anybody fails to heed the words xe speaks in My name, I Myself will call hir to account. But any prophet who presumes to speak in My name an oracle that I did not command hir to utter, or who speaks in the name of other gods—that prophet shall die.”

Queeries for the text:
Who are the prophets of our day?
Where are the prophetesses?
Where is Horeb?
Why did the people not want to hear from The Becoming One anymore?
Does death seem an appropriate penalty? Why or why not?

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
ID: a word cloud with many Spanish names in various shades of blue forms the shape of a butterfly against a dark blue background.
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
21Jesus, Simon, Andrew, James, and John went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. 22The crowd was astounded at his teaching, for Jesus taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 
23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 
25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 
26And the unclean spirit, convulsing the man and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! This one commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28At once Jesus' fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
Queeries for the text:
What is authority? Who has it?
Why do names matter? How?
How does fame impact people?
What is unclean?
What happens on the sabbath today?
Who destroys? What is saved?
What are your queeries?

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