Thursday, September 29, 2011
Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, October 2, 2011, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
v. 4 What about imaginative or imaginary forms? Does Plato’s theory of forms have anything to say here? What about Anselm’s ontological argument? How do we make idols today? How do Moslems avoid making idols?
v. 7 What about making a rightful use?
v. 8 I think Seventh Day Adventists have a right to boast about this one. How do you remember the Sabbath and keep it holy?
v. 12 This one comes with a promise—or is it a reward?
v. 13 What is murder? We seem to have wordsmithed this one to death!
v. 14 What does this commandment have to do with premarital sex?
v. 15 Unless the thief is already rich and has the government behind them?
v. 16 What about bearing false witness against people who are not your neighbor? Does Jesus have anything to add here?
v. 17 Why does “house” appear before “wife”? What about anything that belongs to someone other than your neighbor?
vs. 18-20 What do these verses add to what precedes them? Early in my ministry, I discovered Jan Milic Lochman’s Signposts to Freedom: The Ten Commandments and Christian Ethics and I highly recommend it as a thoughtful interpretation of the Ten Commandments.
vs. 1-6 Do we have to buy into a pre-Copernican three-tiered universe in order to read this as God’s word?
vs. 7-9 Were you aware there are so many synonyms for “law”?
v. 10 Since when is the law, any law, more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey?
v. 14 This verse is often quoted/prayed by preachers before they preach a sermon, and I think wrongly so. A Prayer for Illumination prior to the reading of Scripture is sufficientforboth the readingof the word and the preaching of the word.
v. 4b Is there a pun at work here?
v.7 What gains might Paul have had?
v. 10 How will Paul become like Christ in his death?
vs. 12-14 What is the metaphor Paul is employing?
v. 33 If this is a parable, is it wrong to equate God with the land owner? If so, who might be the tenants?
v. 34 and likewise, who might the slaves be?
v. 37 A son, but not necessarily an only son.
v.42 Where might we read this in scripture?
v. 43 Is this parable a “kingdom parable”?
v. 45 If verse 45 is true, what, then, is the irony of verse 46?
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