Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Queerying Advent 4A and Narrative Lectionary 116

ID: a hand drawn meme of a biblically accurate angel facing a person.  The gray cutout reads: Narrative Lectionary/Year 1 - December 18 2022/Jesus as Immanuel/Matthew 1:18-25 with the logo at the bottom.
Pace Warfield-May queeries the Narrative and Revised Common Lectionary Gospel.

Matthew 1:18-25
18Now the birth of Jesus, the Anointed One, took place in this way: when Jesus' mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, she was found to be with child (from the Holy Spirit). This was before they lived together or had sexual relations. 19Mary's husband, Joseph, was self-righteous and unwilling to expose himself or Mary to public disgrace, so he decided to break off the engagement quietly. 20But just as he had decided to do this on his own, an angel of the Becoming One appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, scion to David, do not be afraid. Take Mary as your wife, for the fetus within her was conceived through the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you both are to name him Jesus, from the Hebrew Yehoshua for God saves, for he will save his people from their sins." 22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Becoming One through the prophet Isaiah:

"Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel (from the Hebrew for God is with us)."

24When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Becoming One had commanded him to do: he married Mary, 25but he did not have sex with her until she gave birth to the promised son, and they named him Jesus.

Queeries for the text:
What is this text building on?
What is the accompanying Narrative Lectionary text?
Where is this headed?
How is Matthew using or misusing the Isaiah quote?
What is the importance of names?
What do dreams mean for us?
What was wrong with Joseph's 'righteous' plan?
How do you experience the promise that God is with us?

What are your queeries?

ID:  a hand drawn meme of a biblically accurate angel saying "Be not afraid." with a man responding "Sir, this is the scariest moment of my life."

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