Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Queerying Narrative Lectionary 130

ID: a cross made in the negative space around ashes against a wooden background. A brown box is on the right with the following text: "Narrative Lectionary / Year 1 - February 22, 2023 / Who is the Greatest? / Matthew 18:1-9" with the diakonia.faith logo at the bottom.
Pace Warfield-May queeries the Narrative Lectionary.

Matthew 18:1-9
Shortly after the transfiguration on the mountain top, the twelve chosen family members came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the G.O.A.T.–greatest of all time–in the kin-dom of heaven?" 2Jesus called out to a nearby child and brought the child among the chosen family 3 and said, "I tell you the truth: unless you transform and become like children, you will never enter the kin-dom of heaven. 4Whoever humbles themselves to be like this child is the G.O.A.T. in the kin-dom of heaven. 5Whoever welcomes a child such as this in my name welcomes me.

6If any among you cause one of these little ones who believe in me to miss the mark, it would be better if you had a great stone chained to your neck and you were thrown into the depths of the sea to drown! 7Woe to the world for all the systems that create and cause sin! These things are always going to come, but woe to the one and the systems through whom they come! 8If your hand or your foot or any other appendage causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter enter life without that appendage than for you to have all your appendages and be thrown into the never ending fire. 9And if your eye causes you to sin, rip it out and throw it away; it is better for you to be missing that eye than for you to have both eyes and be thrown into the hell of never ending fire."

Queeries for the text:
What is this text building on?
What is the accompanying text?
Where is this going?
What is disability theology?
How can we help protect children?

What are your queeries?

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