Thursday, June 2, 2011
Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, June 5, 2011, the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year A)
Will you handle this verse differently depending on whether or not your community observed and celebrated Ascension Day last Thursday?
v. 14 Constantly? Who might the other women have been in addition to Mary? His brothers?
vs. 13-14 That eleven men are named, but only one woman, in my mind makes this a sexist and patriarchal passage. What would your reaction be if the passage read, “When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs were they were staying. All of them were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the other Mary, Martha, and Salome, as well as his brothers.”?
v. 10 How has Jesus been glorified in others?
v. 11 God has given a holy name to Jesus? What was that name? How can those for whom Jesus pray in any sense of the word be “one” as Jesus and “his Father” are one?