On the afternoon of 15 March 2019, a White Supremacist inspired by politicians in the United States opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. As people trained in the Christian tradition, which often functions in Islamophobic and White Supremacist ways, we repudiate White Supremacy and Islamophobia in the strongest possible terms. Our queeries this week are in honor of those who died, may Allah open the highest levels of paradise to them.
Periodic queerier, River Needham, queeries the Tanakh reading.
Tanakh: Isaiah 55:1-9
Ho, all who are thirsty, come for water,
even if you have no money;
Come, buy food and eat: buy food without money,
wine and milk without cost.Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
Your earnings for what does not satisfy?Give heed to Me, and you shall eat choice food and enjoy the richest viands.
Incline your ear and come to Me; Hearken, and you shall be revived.
And I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
The enduring loyalty promised to David.
As I made him a leader of peoples,
a prince and commander of peoples,So you shall summon a nation you did not know,
and a nation that did not know you shall come running to youFor the sake of the Becoming One your God,
The Holy One of Israel who has glorified you.Seek the Becoming One while Ey can be found,
Call to Em while Ey is near.Let the wicked give up her ways,
The sinful one her plans;
Let her turn back to the Becoming One,
And Ey will pardon her;
To our God, for Ey freely forgives.For My plans are not your plans,
Nor are My ways your ways —declares the Becoming One.
But as the heavens are high above the earth,
So are My ways high above your ways
And My plans above your plans.Queeries for the text:
What genre is this text?
What is a viand?
What do we hunger and thirst for today?
How might Muslim people give heed to Allah? Do Christians have similar practices?
What does the beginning of this text refer to? What does that look like in other faiths?
What kind of summoning does this text refer to? Which country will be called?
What are the conditions of forgiveness? How are they culturally conditioned?
To whom does the last stanza refer? Is it the same "you" throughout this passage?
Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.2Jesus asked them,
“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
3No, I tell you;
but unless you repent,
you will all perish as they did.
4Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—
do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?
5No, I tell you;
but unless you repent,
you will all perish just as they did.”
6Then Jesus told this parable:
“A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard;
and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.
7So he said to the gardener,
For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree,
and still I find none.
Cut it down!
Why should it be wasting the soil?’8The gardener replied,
‘Sir, let it alone for one more year,
until I dig around it and put manure on it.
9If it bears fruit next year, well and good;
but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Queeries for the text:
At which "very time"?
Does Jesus know what Paul will write?
How else is Jesus clear about victim blaming?
What are compassionate responses to those who have been killed?
Who is in need of compassion and action?
What do we need to confess and repent of?
How long does it take a tree to bear fruit?
Why do men think they know how everything should work?
Is God the gardener?
What are your queeries?