Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lectionary Ruminations for for Sunday, June 20, 2010, the Twelfth 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 are linked to the NRSV via the oremus Bible Browser.)

1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a
This coming Sunday I will read the narrative straight through, including the optional three verses.

v. 2 Why did Jezebel send a messenger to Elijah? Why not just kill him? She swears by her gods?
v. 3 Having spoken truth to power, why is Elijah only now afraid?

v. 4 I s there any significance to the mention of a days journey and a broom tree? Why Jezebel swore by her gods, Elijah prays to the LORD.

v. 5 The beginning of a Big Dream, but where does the narration of the dream end?

v.8 How much has this influenced the Gospel traditions of Jesus’ wilderness wanderings?

v.10 Is Elijah really the only faithful Israelite remaining?

v. 12 What is the sound of sheer silence?

Psalms 42 and 43
I can almost hear these words coming from the lips of Elijah. These two pslams contain some of my favorite Biblical images and lines. 42:1, 5, 7, 11 and 43:3and 5 especially.

Galatians 3:23-29
v. 23 Is faith revealed by Christ?

v. 27 What does it mean to be clothed with Christ ans how does baptism accomplish that?

v.28 Do you think Paul meant for this list to be complete, or just the beginning on an infinite list? Black/white, rich/poor, gay/straight, republican/democrat, etc?

v. 29 Are we not also Sarah’s offspring?

Luke 8:26-39
vs.27 & 29 Why the shift from plural (demons) to singular (demon)?

v. 32 Obviously Jesus has authority over the demons

vs.35 & 37 Why were the people afraid?

v. 39 Read this verse VERY carefully. Read between the lines. What is it saying?

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