Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Queerying Pentecost B

River Needham, MA ThM queeries the Tanakh reading.

ID: a cartoon of a person pulling a gurney out from the back of an ambulance in the background and a person with long hair and a beige outfit wearing a red cross armband performing CPR on another person with short hair, wearing a pastel purple top and jeans.

Tanakh: Ezekiel 37:1-14
The hand of the Becoming One came upon me. She took me out by the spirit of the Becoming One and set me down in the valley. It was full of bones. She led me all around them; there were very many of them spread over the valley, and they were very dry. She said to me, “O mortal, can these bones live again?” 
I replied, “O Becoming God, only You know.” 

Then She said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Becoming One! Thus said the Becoming God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live again. I will lay sinews upon you, and cover you with flesh, and form skin over you. I will put breath into you, and you shall live again. You shall know that I am the Becoming One!” 

I prophesied as I had been commanded. While I was prophesying, suddenly there was a sound of rattling, and the bones came together, bone to matching bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had grown, and skin had formed over them; but there was no breath in them. 

Then She said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, O mortal! Say to the breath: Thus said the Becoming God: Come, O breath, from the four winds, and breathe into these slain, that they may live again.” 

I prophesied as She commanded me. The breath entered them, and they came to life and stood up on their feet, a vast multitude. 

Then, She said to me, “O mortal, these bones are the whole House of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, our hope is gone; we are doomed.’ Prophesy, therefore, and say to them: Thus said the Becoming God: I am going to open your graves and lift you out of the graves, O My people, and bring you to the land of Israel. You shall know, O My people, that I am the Becoming One, when I have opened your graves and lifted you out of your graves. I will put My breath into you and you shall live again, and I will set you upon your own soil. Then you shall know that I the Becoming One have spoken and have acted”—declares the Becoming One. 

Queeries for the text:
When does life begin? 
Who has access to life?
Who gets breath when they can't breathe
Do the bones get to respond to the prophecy? 
What happens when bones get dry?
How can doom become hope?  


Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Acts reading.
ID: against a red background, white words read CHANGE COLOR IN A CAMPFIRE with white campfires on either side.  Six squares with tan backgrounds have various campfires coordinated by color with words above them: a green campfire with words above that read Add Borax for GREEN Flames; a purple campfire with words above that read Water Softener Salt for PURPLE Flames; an orange campfire with words above that read Table Salt for Deeper ORANGE Flames; a white campfire with words above that read Epsom Salt for WHITE Flames; a black campfire with additional yellow flames and orange words above that read Add Flour for More Flareups; a brown campfire with red sparks coming off and red words above that read Add Sugar for Sparks.
First Reading: Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, Jesus' Chosen Family were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as She gave them ability. 5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.

7Amazed and astonished, the crowd asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jewish born and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”

12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “People of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your children of all genders shall prophesy, and your youth shall see visions, and your elders shall dream dreams. 18Even upon my slaves, of all genders, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 19And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 20The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Becoming One’s great and glorious day. 21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Becoming One shall be saved.’” 
Queeries for the text:
Who were all gathered in one place?
When else do violent winds show up?
What all kinds of fire?
How many languages?
How many nations? Who's missing?
What's happening to Native languages?
Who do we sneer at today?
What has flesh?

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

ID: a scene from the 2017 film Wonder Woman. The titular character is standing on steps with her mother behind her. In the foreground, a male soldier is wrapped by a glowing gold rope which a character to his left is holding. The rope is known as the Lasso of Truth.
Gospel: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Jesus said to the Chosen Family:
15:26"When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Caretaker, the Breath of truth who comes from the Caretaker, She will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

16:4b"I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5But now I am going to She who sent me; yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Her to you. 8And when She comes, She will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Caretaker and you will see me no longer; 11about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

12"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13When the Breath of truth comes, She will guide you into all the truth; for She will not speak on Her own, but will speak whatever She hears, and She will declare to you the things that are to come. 14She will glorify me, because She will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Caretaker has is mine. For this reason I said that She will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

Queeries for the text:
On whose behalf will the Advocate testify?
What is missing from this passage? 
What is the ruler of the world? 
What is the Breath of truth taking and declaring to us? 
What does the Breath of truth look like?

What are your queeries?

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