Thursday, June 3, 2021

Queerying 2nd after Pentecost B

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.

ID: A screenshot of a 5-person zoom shows from top left to bottom right: 1-a white fat transgender woman wearing a purple and black blouse, bright pastel purple lipstick and purple hair. She is wearing a headset and her background shows green code like in the Matrix. Her name plate reads: River (she/her/hers or none). 2-a white nonbinary trans person with a green t-shirt and visible blue glasses, blue eyes, and a smile emerging from the outerspace view of a night on earth background with a colorful string of lights at the top.  Their nameplate reads: Emily E (they/them/elle). 3-Pace is an enby, their screen's name says Pace Dubs (they/them). They are wearing a blue knitted shirt, sporting a five o'clock shadow, and disheveled charcoal hair. The background is blurry. They have a delighted smile. 4-a white cisgay man offset to the left of his camera with dark hair and light facial hair wears a grey polo and dark gray zip hoodie and sits on a gray couch with a blurred background.  His nameplate reads Matt (he/him). 5-a white nonconforming woman with dark glasses holds her face in her hands and smiles adoringly at the camera.  She wears a blue-gray shirt and sits in a tall black office chair with a volcano erupting in the background.  Her nameplate reads suzannah (she/her).

Gospel: Mark 3:20-35
20and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21When Jesus' family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.”

23And Jesus called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a reign is divided against itself, that reign cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27But no one can enter a strong person’s house and plunder their property without first tying up the strong person; then indeed the house can be plundered.

28“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

31Then Jesus' mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him.

32A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to Jesus, “Your mother and your siblings are outside, asking for you.”

33And Jesus replied, “Who are my mother and my siblings?” 34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my siblings! 35Whoever does the will of God is my sibling and mother.”

Queeries for the text:
When did the crowd come together before?
Who is out of their mind?  Who do we restrain?
By whom are demons cast out?
Who is divided?
What is a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
Why don't people come inside?
Who is family?

What are your queeries?


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