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.

Two Anointings--Apr. 24, 2016


Moses poured anointing oil
on Aaron’s head to anoint him,
but we look to you, Lord Jesus—
pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Remembering us in our low estate,
God anointed you to bring good news
to the poor, to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim the year of God’s favor.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 93; 150; 136; 117
Lev. 8:1-13, 30-36
Heb. 12:1-14
Luke 4:16-30

Selected Verses
Ps. 136:23
It is [the LORD] who remembered us in our low estate,
          for his steadfast love endures forever…

Lev. 8:12
[Moses] poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head and anointed him, to consecrate him. 

Heb. 12:2
…looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Luke 4:18-19
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."  [Jesus in his home synagogue, reading the scroll from Isaiah]

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