Thursday, May 17, 2012
Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, May 20, 2012, the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year B)
Go here for the updated and revised LECTIONARY RUMINATIONS 2.0 for the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year B).
v. 15 What and when were “those days”? When did “those days” begin and when did they end? UIs there anything significant about the number 120?
v. 16 What is the scripture (note that it is singular) to which Peter refers? I find this to be an interesting collection: Friends, the Holy Spirit, David, Judas, those who arrested Jesus.
v. 17 Do I detect regret combined with disbelief?
vs. 21-22 Why must this be so? Is the author referring to John’s baptism of Jesus, or John’s ministry of baptism, which began before John baptized Jesus? What does it mean to be a “witness to the resurrection”? Could not a woman have fulfilled this role?
v. 23 Were Joseph and Matthias the only two people who fulfilled the criteria of vs. 21-22?
vs. 24-25 How might God answer this prayer?
v. 26 How does one cast lots and why do we not make decisions in the church this way today?
v. 1 Are the wicked, sinners, and scoffers poetic synonyms?
v. 2 When was the last time you took delight in any law? How do Christians not familiar with meditation understand this passage?
v. 3 Is there a Torah riparian zone? Does this passage make any more sense in light of last Sunday’s Gospel reading?
v. 4 What is chaff and why is it exposed to the wind?
v. 6 How does this verse influence, and how is it influenced by, our belief that Jesus is the way?
v. 9 Who are “we”? How does God give testimony if not through humans?
vs. 10-11 What testimony? What testimony?
vs. 12-13 Is life the same as eternal life?
v. 6 How do Christians reconcile Jesus saying this with Jewish conception of the unpronounceable name of God?
v. 7 How do “they” know this?
v.8 What words?
v. 10 How has Jesus been glorified in those given to him by God?
v. 11 At the time Jesus prayed this prayer, what did he mean when he prayed “I am no longer in the world”?
v. 12 Why the past tense? What scripture?
v. 15 Who is the evil one?
v. 17 Sanctify them in the word?
v.19 Theologically, how does Jesus sanctify himself?