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.

Seek Peace, and Pursue It--Feb. 16, 2016

Jesus, you have proclaimed
the good news of God;
help us to accept it.
Your foolishness is wiser
than our wisdom, your strength
stronger than human strength.
Deliver us out of the hands
of those who take lives,
that we make seek peace
and pursue it.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 34; 146; 25; 91
Gen. 37:12-24
1 Cor. 1:20-31
Mark 1:14-28

Selected Verses
Ps. 34:14
Depart from evil, and do good;
          seek peace, and pursue it.

Gen. 37:21
But when Reuben heard it, he delivered [Joseph] out of [his brothers'] hands, saying, "Let us not take his life."

1 Cor. 1:25
For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

Mark 1:14-15
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

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