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.

Our Treasure and Our Heart--Apr. 27, 2016

You charged us to leave something for the poor and alien
to eat; the psalmist assures us that the needy shall
not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the
poor perish forever; but dear God,
their day is slow in coming.

Teach us to treasure those
who labor among us, not only
in the church, but also in the world,
and in love to esteem them for their work,
remembering that where our treasure is,
there will our heart be also.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 99; 147:1-11; 9; 118
Lev. 19:1-18
1 Thess. 5:12-28
Matt. 6:19-24

Selected Verses
Ps. 9:18
For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
          nor the hope of the poor perish forever.

Lev. 19:10
You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God.

1 Thess. 5:12-13a
But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. 

Matt. 6:21
“…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  …”  [Jesus to the crowds on the mountain]

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