Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, June 9, 2013, the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

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.) 

17:8 Whom did the word of the Lord come to?  Has the word of the Lord ever come to you?

17:9 Why Zarephath?

17:10 Why ask the widow for water when she was commanded to feed him?

17:11 Bread and water does make for a gourmet meal, but they are the staples of life.

17:12 Why do the Lord’s words almost always encounter an obstacle?

17:13 What was the widow afraid of?

17:14 Did this word of the Lord also come to Elijah?

17:15-16 How long do you think this positive situation prevailed?

147:1 How does one truly praise the Lord?

147:2 This verse is a good example of Hebrew poetic restatement.

147:3 What contemporary princes do people tend to put their trust in?

147:3-5 How do earthly princes differ from the Lord?

147:6 What does it mean to keep faith forever?

147:7-9 These verses read like a social justice agenda.

147:10 Not that the Psalm ends as it began.

1:11 What does a gospel of human origins look and sound like?

1:12 What was the nature of Paul’revelation?  How did you receive the gospel?

1:13 What skeleton’s are in your closet?

1:14 Is Paul boasting?

1:15 IS this verse a proof text for the doctrine of predestination?

1:16 Is it really true that Paul did not confer with any human being?

1:17 Is this also true?  Why did Paul go to Arabia?  Does he mention this journey anywhere else in his writings?

1:18 Is there any significance to the time periods of three years and fifteen days?  What do you think Paul and Cephas talked about for fifteen days?

1:19 What would Paul also see James but not any other apostle?  Jesus had a brother?

1:20 Why must Paul swear that he is not lying?

1:24 Why were the Christians of Judea glorifying God?

7:11 Who went to Nain?  What do you know about Nain?  How many people make a crown large?

7:12 Who does the dead remind you of? 

7:13 How many times did the Lord see something similar and not have compassion?

7:14 Why did Jesus touch the bier? 

7:15 Is this anything short of a miracle?  A sign? A wonder?

7:16 What sort of “fear” seized them that would lead them to glorify God?  Being proclaimed a prophet seems a far less statement than being proclaimed the messiah or Son of God.

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