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.

Overflowing Faith and Love--May 23, 2016

You amaze us, Son of David,
with the faith and love that are in you,
which by your grace overflow for us
and cover all our offenses.
We rejoice in you, Jesus,
and give thanks to 
your holy name.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 135; 145; 97; 112
Prov. 10:1-12
1 Tim. 1:1-17
Matt. 12:22-32
Selected Verses
Ps. 97:12
 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
          and give thanks to his holy name!

Prov. 10:12
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

1 Tim. 1:14
…and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Matt. 12:23
All the crowds were amazed and said, “Can this be the Son of David?”

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