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.

Good Shepherd, Rescue Me--June 16, 2016

Lord Jesus, you are the good shepherd
who would rescue every lost sheep;
rescue me from this wickedness--
from speaking ill of good people,
and from failing to apply to myself
what I advocate for others to follow.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 97; 147:12-20; 16; 62
Num. 12:1-16
Rom. 2:12-24
Matt. 18:10-20
Selected Verses
Ps. 97:10
The LORD loves those who hate evil;
          he guards the lives of his faithful;
          he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 

Num. 12:1
While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had indeed married a Cushite woman) 

Rom. 2:21a
…you, then, that teach others, will you not teach yourself?

Matt. 18:12
"…What do you think?  If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  …"  [Jesus to his disciples]

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