Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, November 3, 2013, the Thirty-First 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.) 

1:1 What is the difference between an oracle and a vision?

1:2 It sounds like Habakkuk is growing impatient.

1:3 This sounds very timely in the contemporary context.

1:4 What law is Habakkuk saying is becoming slack?

2:1 Is this a physical or a metaphorical watchpost and rampart?

2:2 Why has the “oracle” of 1:1 become a “vision”?   Can a vision always be translated into words? 

2:3 So this is a vision of an impending, yet to come vision?

2:4 Is it impossible to be both proud and righteous, righteous and proud?

119:137 Do right judgments not presume a righteous God?

119:138 What is the relationship between righteousness and faithfulness?

119:139 Have you ever been consumed by zeal?

119:140 What promise?  What does “well tried” mean?

119:141 Small in comparison to what or who?

119:142 Is God’s law true by itself, or true because it is God’s law?

119:143 What commandments is the Psalmist referring to?  Would most Christians today consider God’s commandments a delight?

119:144 What sort of understanding is the Psalmist praying for?

119:137-144 How many synonyms for “law” can you find in this reading?

1:1 What do you know about Silvanus?  What do you know about Thessaloniki?

1:2 How do Trinitarians deal with a non-Trinitarian greeting?

1:3 How does Paul know that the Thessalonians’ faith is growing and their love is increasing?  What were his metrics?

1:4 What persecutions and afflictions does Paul have in mind?

1:11 Why I am I thinking of the movie Waynes World?

1:12 Is the name of Jesus Christ glorified in you?  Are you glorified in him?

19:1 What do you know about Jerico?

19:2 What matters more, the man’s name, occupation, or that he was rich?

19:3 Why do people want to see important and famous people?  Might “short in stature” refer to more than this man’s physical height?

19:4 Is there anything special, significant, or symbolic about sycamore trees?

19:5 How did Jesus know Zacchaeus was there?  How did Jesus know his name?  What is the meaning of “must”?

19:6 Who would have been unhappy to welcome Jesus?

19:7 Might “All who saw it” be a hyperbole?   How could “all who saw it” know that Zacchaeus was a sinner?

19:8 What might have motivated what Zacchaeus said?

19:9 What might be the meaning of “Today salvation has come to this house”?  Would salvation have come to his house if he were not a son of Abraham?

19:10 Why does Jesus often refer to himself as “the Son of Man”?  Does what Jesus say mean that Zacchaeus was in fact lost but is now saved?