Thursday, October 13, 2022

Queerying 19th after Pentecost C

Suzannah Porter and Brooke McLain musically queery the RCL readings.

How does dealing with the past help to move into the future?

How can scripture strengthen against injustice?

How does proof-texting justify harm?

How do you persist for justice?  How does justice persist against you?


Pace Warfield-May queeries the Tanakh reading.
ID: Mr. DNA from the film Jurassic Park points to himself against a blue background.
Tanakh: Jeremiah 31:27-34
27The days are surely coming, says the Becoming One, when I will plant seeds of humans and animals in the two houses of my people, the houses of Israel and Judah.

28And just as I've tended over them to pluck, break down, overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so I will continue to tend over them to build up and to plant, says the Becoming One.

29In those days there will no longer be the saying, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, or the children must have the bad karma of their parents" 30Rather, all shall die for their own harm, the bad apples will remain in the rotten tree that sprouted them."

31 The days are surely coming, says the Becoming One, when I will make a new covenant, a new unbreakable promise, with the houses of Israel and Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I, like a gentle lover, held them by their hand to guide them out of the land of Egypt--a promise that they broke, though I was and remain their committed partner, says the Becoming One. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Becoming One: I will write my law within them, bind it to their DNA, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be God, their beloved, and they shall be my people, my beloveds. 34No longer shall they have to teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the Becoming One" for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Becoming One; for I will wipe away the barriers that separate them, and remember their harm no more."'

Queeries for the text:
What is the context for this passage?
What is karma?
What would this day to come look like?
What else is written in our DNA?
How does one cheat on God?
What does it mean for God to be your beloved partner?
What barriers separate us from one another?


Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
ID: a photo by Paul Newson shows Adnan Syed walking out of a Baltimore courthouse free from incarceration for the first time in decades.
Gospel: Luke 18:1-8
Then Jesus told his chosen family a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3In that city there was a widow who kept coming to the judge and saying, ‘Avenge me against my adversary.’ 4For a while he refused; but later the judge said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5yet because this widow keeps coming at me, I will avenge her, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” 6And the Leader said, “Listen to what the corrupt judge says. 7And will not God avenge her favorites who cry to her day and night? Will she delay long in having patience with them? 8I tell you, she will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Human One comes, will they find faith on earth?”

Queeries for the text:
What did we skip?
Whose heart is being lost?
What do judges do?
Who neither fears God nor respects people?
Who annoys the powerful?
What happens when you continually come?
What is justice? Who cries to whom for justice? 

What are your queeries?


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