Monday, June 28, 2010

Lectionary Jokesters

Am I the only person on earth who noticed this?


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13 comments:

Anam Cara said...

I'd never quite thought of it like that. I always thought Jesus gave the demons permission to go into the pigs and that then the pigs ran in an attempt to flee the demons and cast themselves into the sea.

But I do like your rendering.

Benedict Seraphim said...

Makes sense to me! (Why did this Apostles fast seem so hard this year? And I'm not just talking about duration.)

Though what's the explanation for the Romans reading?

Alix said...

I have a problem with the casting demons into pigs. I mean I have a pig and they are very intelligent and wonderful--why not cast the demons into mosquitoes and have them rush into the sea. What could the Lord have been thinking?

elizabeth said...

love the humour...

David B said...

Alix,

If you'll permit me--since pigs were considered unclean in Judaism, this was a way of the filthy demons' casting out being put on a "fitting" object. I also know that pigs are very gentle, and can be very rewarding animals, but I think the idea was bound up in the Jewish conception of pigs according to the Mosaic Law and was meant to be an example of unclean spirits going into unclean animals so as to remove all doubt as to the origin of Legion.

s-p,

To be honest, all I thought was, "Oh great, another reading of the Gerasene demoniac. Don't we do this, like, five times a year or something?" But your rendering does work.

Adam Sheehan said...

Sermon/Homily Title: When Pigs Fly....

Melanie said...

all this talk of rendering reminds me of rendering bacon fat.....mmmmmmm...I can smell it now! :)

bob said...

Because turtles are too slow.

s-p said...

Anam, David, et. al., there's tons of great commentary on this passage. Our priest had a great homily based on a contemporary Elder's writing. And I was sitting there thinking, "All that bacon and baby back ribs...GONE, and the fast is over in two days. It had to be some kind of lectionary inside joke." It is an interpretation that a protestant would never come up with. :)

Benedict, this year of fasting has been the worst I've ever had. I think I hit the "noon day demon" in my 12th year. It seems fasting doesn't get easier, it gets harder.

oruaseht said...

I tried to start a ministry based on this one time. I called it "Arise Peter, Kill & Eat Ministries." It was all based on the Christian freedom to eat hog at will! I had evangelism nights based on beer, boar and bible study! It was quite successful. Slogans for ministry tracts: "Pork fat rules!" "He died for me, I'll eat pig for Him!" and finally: "Kosher! . . . NOT!" :)

s-p said...

oruaseht, LOL! That is hilarious... and a great idea. Can I have permission to start an Orthodox chapter in Phoenix?

Ranger said...

We have Beef Empire Days the first two weeks of June every year, so in these early Pascal years there is a lot of free beef, that I don't get to partake of. Don't the Alaskans get to eat fish during fast periods... Beef is our staple here.

s-p said...

Ranger, Isn't that what confession is for? :)