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.

Smaller than a Mustard Seed--June 13, 2016

I thank you, Jesus, for the company of your faithful--
those who aim to follow your command--
in mutual encouragement strengthening one another's
faith, remembering that you are near to
all who call on you, to all who call on you in truth.
Without them and their encouragement,
my little faith would shrivel to become far smaller
than a grain of mustard seed.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 145; 82; 29
Num. 9:15-23, 10:29-36
Rom. 1:1-15
Matt. 17:14-21
Selected Verses
Ps. 145:18
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
          to all who call on him in truth. 

Num. 9:22-23a
Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, resting upon it, the Israelites would remain in camp and would not set out; but when it lifted they would set out.  At the command of the LORD they would camp, and at the command of the LORD they would set out. 

Rom. 1:12
…or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.

Matt. 17:20
[Jesus] said to [his disciples], "Because of your little faith.  For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."

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