I am an emeritus professor from Cornell University and was a Commissioned Lay Preacher in the Presbyterian Church (USA). For many years I have followed the Daily Lectionary as printed in the Mission Yearbook of my church. For each day of a two-year cycle, the lectionary lists four psalms and three other scriptural passages--usually one from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. My practice is to copy down a verse or two from one of the psalms and from each of the other three passages. After I have written out all four selections, I reflect upon them, rearrange their order, and incorporate them into a meditation. Sometimes I retain much of the original wording; sometimes all that remains of a selection is an idea that was stimulated when I read the original words. All selections are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. For the Daily Lectionary, see the link below.

We Who Dip Bread--April 5, 2012

African infants and babes by hundreds of thousands
pour out their lives on their mothers' bosoms.
The hearts of the mothers are stricken,
withered like grass; they are
too wasted to eat bread,
even if they had bread.
And we who dip bread
in the bowl with you, do we
not betray you if we (who are many
and are one body with them) care too little
for the stricken to share with them our bread?

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 27; 147:12-20; 126; 102
Lam. 2:10-18
1 Cor. 10:14-17; 11:27-32
Mark 14:12-25

Selected Verses
Ps. 102:4
My heart is stricken and withered like grass;
      I am too wasted to eat my bread.

Lam. 2:11-12
My eyes are spent with weeping; my stomach churns; my bile is poured out on the ground because of the destruction of my people, because infants and babes faint in the streets of the city. They cry to their mothers, "Where is bread and wine?" as they faint like the wounded in the streets of the city, as their life is poured out on their mothers' bosom.

1 Cor. 10:17
Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Mark 14:20
[Jesus] said to [his disciples], "[The one who will betray me] is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. …"

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