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.

We who Trust in Our Wealth--Apr. 29, 2016

We who trust in our wealth, in the abundance of our riches—
can we not afford to take care of the poor and the alien?
Lord Jesus, strengthen our hearts in good works,
that in everything we may do to others 
as we would have them do to us. 

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 96; 148; 49; 138
Lev. 23:1-22
2 Thess. 2:1-17
Matt. 7:1-12

Selected Verses
Ps. 49:6
 …those who trust in their wealth
          and boast of the abundance of their riches? 

Lev. 23:22
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am the LORD your God.

2 Thess. 2:16-17
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Matt. 7:12
“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.  …”  [Jesus to the crowds on the mountain]

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