Happy Easter, everyone. And while we are celebrating Easter very differently this year, we have hope that we can still see the power in Jesus’ resurrection — and have our own resurrection in the midst of this pandemic.
Today we answer a listener question from Jeremy. He wants to clear the confusion he has in his heart regarding Paul — he thinks that Paul condemns homosexuality. Maybe you’ve heard that too?
Then, we queer a text from Matthew 28:1-10. It talks about Jesus’ resurrection and how the angel delivered the news to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary at the tomb. We talk about how women were perfectly placed in the center of this scripture and that it’s so beautiful. We also discussed how queerness shows up in the Bible and throughout the scripture. So stay tuned and enjoy the show. Have a blessed Easter.
In this episode, we talk about:
- Easter life updates from Brian and Fr. Shay [0:35]
- Shout out to Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser who has been joined us over five months ago [5:13]
- A listener question from Jeremy [5:43]
- The words gay, queer and transgender didn’t exist during Paul’s time [6:18]
- The scripture in question is about religious power dynamics and not about queer [7:57]
- Don’t conclude on what the Bible says right away; check the context [8:58]
- Invitation to Sanctuary Collective [10:53]
- We queer a text from Matthew 28:1-10 [11:25]
- The genealogy of Jesus [12:59]
- Women at the central place of this story [14:00]
- Queerness shows up all throughout the Bible [16:43]
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After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb. Look, there was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone, he rolled it away and sat on it. Now his face was like lightning and his clothes as white as snow. The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, ‘He’s been raised from the dead. He’s going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ I’ve given the message to you.”
With great fear and excitement, they hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. But Jesus met them and greeted them. They came and grabbed his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my brothers that I am going into Galilee. They will see me there.”
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