Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, April 8, 2012, the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Day) (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. 34 To whom is Peter speaking?

v. 35 What does Peter mean by “nation”?

v. 38 What is the difference between being anointed with the Holy Spirit and being anointed with power?

v. 39 Who are “they”?

v. 43 All the prophets? Really?

v. 1 By definition, does not “steadfast  love” endure “forever”?

v. 2 This reads like common liturgy, that is liturgy for use in common, or public, worship.

vs. 15b-16 Do you think that the Psalmist might actually be quoting a Psalm that never made it into the Psalter? What is so special about the “right hand” of the LORD?  Is this an example of a bias toward right-handedness?

v. 17 What are the ‘deeds” of the LORD?

v. 19 What, and where, are the gates of righteousness?

v. 20 What is “this”?

v. 22 What stone might the Psalmist had in mind?

v. 24 What day has the LORD made?

v. 2 How does one hold firmly to a message?

v. 3 How did Paul receive what he is now handing on, and when did he receive it?  Where does Paul begin the narrative? Did he leave anything out?

v.9 While Paul considers himself the least of the apostles, he still considers himself an apostle.

v. 1 Who removed the stone? How and when was it removed?

v. 2 Which disciple is “the one whom Jesus loved”?  Why did Mary say “we”? Why the shift from the singular to the plural?

v. 5 Why might the disciple not have gone in right away?

vs. 6-8  What do you make of Peter seeing, but the other disciple seeing and believing?

v. 9 How do you reconcile this verse with the preceding one?

v. 11 It seems the Mary is alone, so why the “we” back in verse 2?

v. 12 Would you recognize an angel if you saw one?

v. 13 Do you hear an echo here?  Now it is “I”, not “we”.

v. 14 If you saw Jesus, would you recognize him?

v. 15 I definitely hear an echo.

v. 16 Does it make any difference that at first Jesus addresses Mary as “Woman” but late addresses her by name?

v. 17 As if Mary could hold on to Jesus after the ascension?

v.18 I think this makes Mary the first “witness” of the resurrection.

Christ is risen!  He is rise, indeed!

ADDENDUM
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