Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, January 22, 2012, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Posted each Thursday, Lectionary Ruminations focuses on the Scripture Readings, taken from the New Revised Standard Version, for the following Sunday per the Revised Common Lectionary. Comments and questions are intended to encourage reflection for readers preparing to teach, preach, or hear the Word. Reader comments are invited and encouraged. All lectionary links are to the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible via the PC(USA) Devotions and Readings website, but if you prefer another translation, feel free to use that instead. (Other references may be linked to the NRSV via the oremus Bible Browser.)  


v. 1 What was the “word of the Lord” before the incarnation and how did it come to people?

v. 2 What do you know about Nineveh and what would be a modern equivalent?

v. 3 Three days to walk across? Really?  Is this perhaps hyperbole?

v. 4 What is so special about forty?

v. 5 So ritual without real repentance is OK?

v.10 This verse must a Process Theologian’s favorite.

v. 5 Who or what else might your soul wait in silence?  What does it mean to “wait in silence”?  What do you know about contemplative prayer?

v. 6 Are rock, salvation and fortress merely poetic synonyms or does each noun offer a unique  nuance?

v.7 Are deliverance and honor related?

v. 8 What times might we be tempted not to trust in God?  How does one pour bout one’s heart before God?

v. 9 What is the difference between a breath and a delusion?

v. 10 Why would anyone put confidence in extortion?  It is OK if riches increase, but if they do, do not set your heart on them.  How does this verse counteract the prosperity gospel?

v.11What is the meaning of “once” and how is it related to “twice.”

vs.  11-12 Is God’s steadfast love the source of God’spower?

v.29 What is “the appointed time” being referred to?  How does any time grow short?   So much  for family values. This must be Newt Gingrich’s favorite verse!

v. 30 Let those who buy be as though they had no possessions? That is un-American!

v. 31 What is the present form of the world? How does it pass away?  Are Plato and C. S. Lewis any help here?

v. 14 Is “after” a chronos or a kairos  reference? What is “the good news of God”?

v. 15 Is the good news of God the news that the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has come near?  How does the kingdom of God come near?

vs. 16-17 It sounds like Jesus had a thing for brothers.  I wonder why.

vs. 18-20 It sounds like Mark has a thing for “immediately”.

v. 20 Why would Jesus call James and John but not their father or the hired men?  I think it is a shame that the father’s name is not given here.

ADDENDUM
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