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.

To Recognize Sisters and Brothers in Christ--Feb. 23, 2016

I will bless you, O God, at all times I will bless you;
your praise shall be continually in my mouth.
Remove from me all malice and evil;
fill me with sincerity and truth.
Then perhaps I will recognize
sisters and brothers in Christ.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 34; 146; 25; 91
Gen. 42:1-17
1 Cor. 5:1-8
Mark 3:19b-35

Selected Verses
Ps. 34:1
I will bless the LORD at all times;
          his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 

Gen. 42:8
Although Joseph had recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. 

1 Cor. 5:8
Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Mark 3:34
And looking at those who sat around him, [Jesus] said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! …"

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