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.

God, the Known and the Unknown--May 22, 2016

[From May 18, 2008 archive]

You know all about us,
how we are made of dust;
but our attempts to question
who you are come up empty—
words spoken without knowledge.
Still, we know something about Jesus.
Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords;
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away
the sin of the world. That is enough to know.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 103; 150; 117; 139
Job 38:1-11; 42:1-6
Rev. 19:4-16
John 1:29-34
Selected Verses
Ps. 103:14
For [the LORD] knows how we were made;
          he remembers that we are dust.

Job 38:1-2
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
   "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  …"

Rev. 19:16
On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, "King of kings and Lord of lords."

John 1:29
The next day [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 

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