Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Queerying Lent 2B

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
ID: against a reddish-orange background and on a blue rug, Mary, identifiable by a halo, dark skin, and darker hair is naked with legs open as Jesus, identifiable by halo with a cross in it and dark skin crowns, head visible emerging from Mary's vagina as Mary puts hands out to catch the newborn.

Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

31Then Jesus began to teach them that the One Born of Woman must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32Jesus said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, Jesus rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

34Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the One Born of Woman will also be ashamed when they come in the glory of their Father with the holy angels.”

Queeries for the text:
Who is the One Born of Woman?
Who are the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes today?
Who is killing Jesus today?
Who needs rebuke today?
What does it mean to deny myself?  What does it NOT mean?
Who's profiting from the whole world?
What do we give in return for our life? Who do we give in return for our life?
What is the role of shame?
What are your queeries?

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