Thursday, February 16, 2012
Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, February 19, 2012, the Transfiguration of the Lord (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.)
vs. 1-12 How much does this reading influence our understanding of the Transfiguration and inform our interpretation of Mark 9:2-9? Can we read Mark 9:29, in part, as Midrash on this reading? What is a whirlwind?
v. 3 Who are the company of prophets here and in verse 5? Why did Elisha bid them to keep silent? What do you know about Bethel?
v. 5 What do you know about Jericho?
v. 6 What do you know about the Jordan? Why this travel narrative?
v. 7 Is there anything significant or symbolic about the number fifty?
v. 8 What is a mantel? Is this a Midrash on Moses’ parting of the Red Sea?
v. 9 What is a double measure of spirit? I would settle for half of Elijah’s spirit.
v. 11 Why does a chariot of fire and horses of fire appear? What is their relationship to the whirlwind?
v. 12 Why did Elisha tear his clothes in two?
v. 1 Does God not summon from the setting of the sun to its rising?
v. 2 What is perfect beauty?
v. 3 Does this verse alone justify this Psalm being paired with the First Reading?
v. 5 Are we to assume from the First Reading that only Elijah was faithful?
v. 3 Is our gospel veiled? What sort of veil is Paul talking about?
v. 4 Who, or what, is the god of this world? How does this verse illuminate our understanding of the Transfiguration and inform our interpretation of the Gospel Reading?
v. 6 Wherein Scripture did God say “Let light shine out of darkness,”?
v. 2 Six days later, after what? Why does Jesus always seem to take with him Peter, James and John? Whatis the meaning of the word “transfigured”?
v. 3 Was this in the days before Clorox and/or OxiClean?
v.4 Why Elisha and Moses? What do they represent and/or symbolize? If you had to pick two people from the Jewish Scriptures to appear with you, whom would you pick?
v. 5 Why might Peter have wanted to build three dwellings?
v. 7 Where and when have we heard something like this before?
v.8 What just happened?
v.9 Why would Jesus order Peter, James and John not to tell anyone about what they had just seen? Why is “Son of Man” used here but not earlier in this account? Why do the three have to wait untilafter the resurrection?