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.

Live by the Spirit--June 9, 2016

[From the June 14, 2012 archive]

Jesus, you conferred upon Peter the power to bind
and the power to loose, on earth and in heaven.

Surely Peter did not seek such power;
desire for overweening control comes
from the flesh, not from the Spirit.

Strengthen our faith, that we may live
by the Spirit, guided by the Spirit,
even when we are greatly afflicted.

When there seems to be no one whom
we can trust, teach us to trust in you--
sowing and reaping as you lead us,
regardless of the weather forecast.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 116; 147:12-20; 16; 130
Eccl. 11:1-8
Gal. 5:16-24
Matt. 16:13-20
Selected Verses
Ps. 116:10-11
I kept my faith, even when I said,
            “I am greatly afflicted”;
I said in my consternation,
            “Everyone is a liar.”

Eccl. 11:4
Whoever observes the wind will not sow;
            and whoever regards the clouds will not reap.

Gal. 5:16
Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Matt. 16:9
"…I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." [Jesus to Peter]

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