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.

Man of Dust, Man of Heaven--March 31, 2016

[From Apr. 24, 2014 archive]

Jesus Christ, Man of Heaven,
blessed be your name from this time
forth and forevermore.

May we never forget the day when you
brought your people out of the house of slavery,
when you shed the image of the man of dust
to bear the image of the man of heaven.

Because you did, we people of dust
will also bear the image of the man of heaven;
and you will be with us always,
to the end of the age.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 47; 147:12-20; 68; 113
Exod. 13:3-10
1 Cor. 15:41-50
Matt. 28:16-20

Selected Verses
Ps. 113:2
Blessed be the name of the LORD
          from this time on and forevermore. 

Exod. 13:3
Moses said to the people, "Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the LORD brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten.  …"

1 Cor. 15:49
Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Matt. 28:20b
"…And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."  [The risen Jesus, to the eleven disciples]

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