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.

No Need to Pretend or Grieve--Apr. 25, 2016


Jesus, you have atoned for our uncleanesses
and transgressions—for all our sin.
Clearly there is no need to display our piety;
we only need to call on you in truth.
Neither is there need to grieve those who die;
in life and death, you are near to us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 97; 145; 124; 115
Lev. 16:1-19
1 Thess. 4:13-18
Matt. 6:1-6, 16-18

Selected Verses
Ps. 145:18
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
          to all who call on him in truth. 

Lev. 16:16
Thus he shall make atonement for the sanctuary, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel, and because of their transgressions, all their sins; and so he shall do for the tent of meeting, which remains with them in the midst of their uncleannesses.

1 Thess. 4:13
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 

Matt. 6:1
“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.  …”  [Jesus to the crowds on the mountain]

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