June 3, 2018, Lectionary

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What a sweet story of availability to God, even when asleep! So God blessed Samuel, letting none of his words go over like a lead balloon, fall to the ground unheeded. 1 Samuel 3:1-20

When I am alone and overwhelmed, fearful and lonely, depressed and oppressed, here's a Psalm by which to express it all and to look forward to the Lord's bountiful dealings with me. Psalm 142

We have this light, glory, splendor, beauty from the face of Jesus, and we carry it in mud pots, troubled, distressed, always with the dying of Jesus--so that Jesus might be shown, and not us. 2 Corinthians 4:5-11

In Mark 2 Jesus begins to call himself the Son of Man, and in the process announces his authority over illness, forgiveness, and the Sabbath. Mark 2:23-3:6

Thoughts about Listening

Words can sail right over their heads, fall unnoticed and unheeded, or get straight to the heart. I will choose my words carefully. 1 Samuel 3:1-20

Sometimes using the voice to complain is its best use at the moment. Choose well the audience for complaint. Psalm 142

Can you revel in your struggle, knowing that good things come of apparent dying? 2 Corinthians 4:5-11

I continually discover new taboos that I love to break, or break in love, the taboos about classism, racism, and other isms. Mark 2:23-3:6

Bible Reading Group Homework

1.    As a child, to whom did you run or call when you woke with a dream at night? Tell and listen to your group.

2.    Read or listen to 1 Samuel 3:1-20. Dramatize or draw, or sing or dance, or just re-tell this story. Samuel was chosen and called in place of whom? How do you think Samuel escaped any recriminations from those young men?

3.    Read or listen to Psalm 142. Notice the lack of call or request for vengeance here. Pick out for comment the most expressive of the complaint words. How readily do you complain, and to whom?

4.    Read or listen to 2 Corinthians 4:5-11. What conditions are necessary so everyone can see that the power comes from God and not from us? So the way of Jesus’ life can be visible in our own bodies?

5.    Read or listen to Mark 2:23-3:6. Use a concordance or digital search to find the places in the Bible where the title, “Son of Man,” is used. Why do you think Jesus chose that title for himself? Review all of Mark 2 to discover several things over which Jesus claims the Son of Man has power/authority. Do you find this news good for your own life? Or does it frighten or puzzle you in some way? Discuss with your group.


1. De niño, ¿a quién acudió o llamó cuando despertó por un sueño por la noche? Comente y escuche a su grupo.

2. Leer o escuchar 1 Samuel 3: 1-20. Dramatize o dibuje, o cante o baile, o simplemente vuelve a contar esta historia. ¿En lugar de quién fue elegido  y llamado Samuel? ¿Cómo cree que Samuel  escapó de las recriminaciones de esos jóvenes?

3. Leer o escuchar el Salmo 142. Observe la falta de llamado o solicitud de venganza. Elija el comentario más expresivo con palabras que usa para quejarse. ¿Con qué facilidad se queja y con quién?

4. Leer o escuchar 2 Corintios 4: 5-11. ¿Qué condiciones son necesarias para que todos puedan ver que el poder proviene de Dios y no de nosotros? ¿Entonces el camino de vida en Jesús pueda ser visible en nuestros propios cuerpos?

5. Leer o escuchar Marcos 2: 23-3: 6. Use una concordancia o búsqueda en línea para encontrar los lugares en la Biblia donde se usa el título "Hijo del hombre". ¿Por qué cree que Jesús eligió ese título para sí mismo? Revise todo Marcos 2 para descubrir varias cosas sobre las cuales Jesús afirma que el Hijo del Hombre tiene poder / autoridad. ¿Estas son buenas noticias para su propia vida? ¿O se asusta o lo confunde de alguna manera? Discuta  con su grupo.