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.) Lectionary Ruminations is also cross-posted on my personal blog, Summit to Shore.
v. 12 When Peter saw what?
v. 13 What about Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, Zilpa and Bilha?
v. 15 Is this the only occurrence of “Author of life”? What was witnessed, the killing or the raising?
v.16 Whose faith? What is faith in a name?
v. 1 God of my ight? What about God of my left? What does the Psalmist mean by “You gave me room”?
v. 2 Are vain words the same as lies?
v. 4 Sin only when you are not disturbed? Ponder what?
v. 7 Who are the they of “their”?
vs. 1-8 Why was this Psalm paired with the First Reading? What is their theological or thematic unity?
v. 1 It is one thing to be called a child of God. It is another thing altogether actually to be one.
vs. 2-3 Whom will be revealed? God? Christ? Jesus? Was God not already revealed in Jesus Christ? Does John have a another, a second, revelation in mind?
v. 4 I though sin is separation from God. John’s definition of sin seems more instrumental and less existential than I am comfortable with.
v. 7 What is the difference between being a child and a little child? Does this verse, especially in light of verse 4, lead to a theology of works righteousness?
v. 36 Where was Jesus standing and among whom was he standing? What is the meaning of “peace be with you” and does it mean anything more than usual when spoken by the resurrected Jesus?
v. 37 What is the difference between being “startled” and being ”terrified”?
v. 38 What doubts was Jesus referring to?
v.39 The resurrected Jesus may have had flesh and bones, but resurrected flesh and bones, and therefore something inherently different than our pre-resurrected flesh and bones.
v. 41 Do ghosts eat?
v. 45 How does Jesus open OUR minds to understand the scriptures?
v. 46 Where is it thusly written?
v. 48 Witnesses of what things?