Thursday, December 1, 2022

Queerying Advent 2A

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
ID: a glass of water is pictured with the earth floating inside it and the Atlantic Ocean facing out..
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
In those days John the Baptizer appeared in the wild sparseness of Judea, proclaiming, 2“Turn around, for the reign of heaven has come near.” 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when saying, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Becoming One, make Her paths queerly accessible.’” 4Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

5Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to John, and all the region along the Jordan, 6and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins and separation. 7But when John saw many religious leaders of all political perspectives coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruit showing you're changing your mind. 9Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 10Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. This one will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12The winnowing fork is in hand, and this one will clear the threshing floor and will gather the wheat into the granary; but the chaff will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Queeries for the text:
Who else appears in the wild sparseness?
What nourishment do locusts and wild honey provide?
What sins do we have to confess at rivers and waterways?
Who else is cussed at?
When else are stones anthropomorphized?
What does fire do?
Is it better to be eaten or burned?

What are your queeries?

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