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.

A Day of Remembrance, and More--March 27, 2016


Let everything that breathes praise you, Lord Jesus;
for this is a day for remembering you!

You came into being in the Word, and you were life,
and your life was a light of all people.
Today we remember--your light shined
in the darkness, and the darkness tried
to put it out, but the darkness could not.

May today be more than a day to remember you;
today open our eyes to recognize that
your light still shines in our darkness,
and you are still a light for the world.
Let all that breathes sing praise to you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 93; 150; 136; 117
Exod. 12:1-14
John 1:1-18
Luke 24:13-35

Selected Verses
Ps. 150:6
 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
     Praise the Lord!

Exod. 12:14
This day shall be a day of remembrance for you.  You shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

John 1:3b-5
What has come into being in [the Word] was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Luke 24:31
Then [the eyes of Cleopas and the other disciple] were opened, and they recognized [Jesus]; and he vanished from their sight. 

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