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.

Wisdom and Understanding… Love and Justice--May 16, 2016

Lord Jesus, give us wisdom and understanding
to know that it is not enough to love
in word or speech; we must show our love in
truth and action—justice to the weak
and the orphan, maintaining the right of the
lowly and the destitute.

You gave sight to the blind,
made the lame walk, cleansed the lepers,
made the deaf hear, raised the dead,
brought good news to the poor.  We too
must advocate for love and justice.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 145; 82; 29
Prov. 3:11-20
1 John 3:18-4:6
Matt. 11:1-6
Selected Verses
Ps. 82:3
Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
          maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. 

Prov. 3:13
Happy are those who find wisdom,
and those who get understanding 

1 John 3:18
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Matt. 11:4
Jesus answered [the disciples of John the Baptizer], "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. 

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