Friday, November 8, 2013

Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, November 10, 2013, the Thirty-Second 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.) 

1:15b-2:1  When did King Darius rule and why do these dates matter?

2:2 Who are these people?

2:3 Are these rhetorical questions?

2:4 What is courage?  Does the 1957 Pulitzer Prize winning Profiles in Courage offer any insight?

2:5 Is this spirit the Holy Spirit?  According to A Brief Statement of Faith – Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) “the Spirit gives us courage

            to pray without ceasing,

            to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,

            to unmask idolatries I Church and culture,

            to hear the voices of people long silenced,

            and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.”

2:7,9 Did this ever come to pass?

2:8 Why does the LORD need or want gold or silver? Does this have any stewardship implications?

Why is there a choice of Psalms this week?

145:1-2 How can God’s name be blessed and praised unless God’s name is pronounced?

145:3 If God’s greatness is unsearchable, then why engage in theological reflection?

145:4 Is this still true?  Is this a biblical mandate for Christian Education and catechesis?

145:5 How do you understand the word “meditate”?

145:17 Do kindness and justice always go hand in hand?

145:18 Is the Lord distant to all who do not call on the Lord?

145:19 What desires?

145:20 Must the Lord destroy the wicked in order to watch over all who love him.  Can we assume that if someone is destroyed in any other way than by natural death that they were wicked?

145:21 This sounds like a restatement of 145:1-2.

Why is there a choice of Psalms this week?

98:1  Why a new song and not an old song?  What marvelous things has the LORD done?   What does a metaphorical right hand symbolize?  Is this a right handed conspiracy?

98:2 What victory?

98:3 how can love be steadfast love—how can there be any faithfulness—if the is no memory?

98:4 Is there a difference between “joyful noise” and “joyous songs/praises”?  What about noise that is not joyful or funeral dirges?

98:5-6 I wonder how churches that eschew singing accompanied by instruments handle this verse.  I do not mean to malign Bach, but why have we become so dependent upon the organ while neglecting strings and brass?

98:7-8 Now I know why I like New Age and Ambient music that incorporates animals sounds and other sounds from nature.

98:9 Righteousness and equity do not scare me.  Do they scare you?

2:1-3 I wonder what Paul would say now about the coming of the Lord, nearly two-thousand years later.

2:2 Was someone else preaching and/or writing letters claiming to be Paul?

2:3 How are Christians deceived today?

2:4 Whom is Paul writing about?

2:5 Do those whom you teach or preach before remember everything you say?  When and how long was Paul with the Thessalonians?

2:13-14 As a Presbyterian, I am hearing echoes of call, election and predestination.

2:15 What does it mean to stand firm and hold fast?  What traditions is Paul referring to?  Today, Protestant usually eschew “tradition” while Roman Catholics embrace “tradition”  What do you know about the Wesleyan Quadrilateral?

2:16-17 How do Trinitarians deal with non-Trinitarian blessings and benedictions?

20:27 At some point in my youth I learned that the Sadducees were the ones who denied the resurrection.  That is why they were “sad, you see”.

20:28-35 What do you know about levirate marriage?  Does this passage have anything at all to say concerning marriage equality, family values, or society’s social welfare safety net ?

20:35 So much for family values!

20:36 How do angels figure into this?

20:37-38 If you were no so used to this argument, would you buy it?

ADDENDUM
I apologize for posting this week’s edition a day late.  Internet connection problems coupled with some out of town travel threw a metaphorical wrench in the metaphorical great of this week’s LECTIONARY RUMINATIONS.

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