Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Queerying Easter 1B

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries a Gospel reading.
A blue and purple sunrise is visible at the top of the picture and reflected in the top of the tomb, upon which a candle is lit and glowing with a wreath around it and flowers on another grave..
Gospel: Mark 16:1-8
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus' body. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 
5As they entered the tomb, they saw a youth, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But the youth said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. They have been raised; They are not here. Look, there is the place they laid the body. 7But go, tell the disciples and Peter that They is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Them, just as They told you.” 8So the women went out and fled from the tomb, for fear and anticipation had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Queeries for the text:
What kind of spices did they bring?
How do stones roll?
Who laid Jesus there?
What is in Galilee?
What is the difference between fear and anticipation?
What don't we talk about?
What do we need to say? 

Guest queerier, Pace Warfield-May, queeries a Gospel reading.

ID: image shows a scene from the film "Midsommar," in which the main character, a young woman, Dani, is crying. Another women is across from her and holding Dani's face in her hands. Two women are behind Dani on either side, also crying and holding on to her from behind. They are dressed in vibrantly embroidered linens.
Gospel: John 20:1-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance to the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the man Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Leader out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." 3Then Peter and Jesus’ beloved set out and went toward the tomb. 4The two were running together, but Jesus’ beloved outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the funeral clothes and burial cloth lying there, 7and the shroud that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the other linens but rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then Jesus’ beloved, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that Jesus must rise from the dead.

10Then the two of them returned to their homes. 11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels wearing white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Leader, and I do not know where they have laid him." 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing Them to be the gardener, she said to Them, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." 16Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Them in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means My Great One). 17Jesus said to her, "Do not try to hold on to me so tightly, because I still must go up to our Caretaker. But go to my chosen family and say to them, 'I am in the process of going up to be with my Caretaker and your Caretaker, to my God and your God.'" 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Leader"; and she told them that They had said these things to her.

Queries for the Text:
Who is missing from this account?
Who is Jesus’ beloved?
Why did Mary not recognize Jesus?
How do we grieve, both individually and communally
How do we police how others' grieve?
Who is the real angel in this story?
Who is your chosen family?
What is in need of resurrection today? 

What are your queeries?

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