Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Queerying Palm Sunday B

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
ID: black and white photo taken by Jami Milne shows a crowd of protesters with clergy of varying gender identities in a line in the front. Signs include Black Lives Matter; Your Silence is LOUD; Protests for Black Lives are Holy and Essential Work

Gospel: Mark 11:1-11
When Jesus and the disciples were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of the disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Leader needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” 
4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Becoming One! 
10Blessed is the coming dominion of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

11Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Queeries for the text:
What else happens near the Mount of Olives?
How do they know the colt has never been ridden?  
Can a colt actually support Jesus' weight?
When else are bystanders important?
What dominion was already in place? 
When and why else do marches happen?
Why did Jesus go to Bethany?  What happened next
What would a Holy Week soundtrack be?
What are your queeries?

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