Friday, March 19, 2021

Queerying Lent 5B

River Needham, MA queeries the Tanakh reading.

ID: a parchment style paper reads: COVENANT Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law. This is our great covenant: To dwell together in peace, To seek the truth in love and to help one another. James Vila Blake

Tanakh: Jeremiah 31:31-34

Look, the time will come, the Becoming One said, when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I adopted them - says the Becoming One. But such is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after these days—declares the Becoming One: I will put my teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts. Then I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer will they need to teach one another and say to one another, “Heed the Becoming One”; for all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall heed Me—declares the Becoming One. For I will forgive their iniquities, and remember their sins no more. 

Queeries for the text:
What is a covenant?
What covenants are important today?
Where do Jewish People write God's teaching?
What does it mean to remember sin?


Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
ID: Archbishop Oscar Romero is visible in white in front of Salvadoran buildings being bombed by helicopters.  Monsenor Romero has a halo and is holding a child in his arms.
Gospel: John 12:20-33 

20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Mister, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 

23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Human One to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for everlasting life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Holy Parent will honor.

27“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Holy Parent, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Holy Parent, glorify your name.” 

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 

29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Jesus.” 

30Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. 

Queeries for the text:
Which festival?
Who knew the game of telephone dated back to pre-electricity?
How does wheat grow?  How does it die?
What does it mean to hate?
Who has hope to be saved? Whose hour?
When has God glorified Zer name?
What does God sound like?
What did Jesus' drawing look like?
What are your queeries?

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