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.

Maundy Memories--March 24, 2016

You were lifted up, just above your
enemies all around you, Jesus--
an offering of sacrifice, but with no
shout of joy nor any singing.

From those who had loved you, tears
streamed down like a torrent
day and night, with no rest for their
bodies, no respite for their eyes.

And now we take the loaf and bless
and break it, and say it is your
body, given for us and to us; and we
take the cup, for all to share.

As we remember, the tears
flow from our eyes.

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. 27:6
Now my head is lifted up
          above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
          sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the LORD.

Lam. 2:18
Cry aloud to the Lord!  O wall of daughter Zion!  Let tears stream down like a torrent day and night!  Give yourself no rest, your eyes no respite!

1 Cor. 10:16
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ?  The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?

Mark 14:22-23
While they were eating, [Jesus] took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to [his disciples], and said, “Take; this is my body.”  Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 

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