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.

Things too Wonderful to Comprehend--June 5, 2016

[Adapted from June 15, 2014 archive]

King of kings, Lord of lords, Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world--
when we try to describe you,
even try to name you,
we utter what we
cannot comprehend;
but your mighty deeds, your
surpassing greatness, we can praise.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 108; 150; 66; 23
Job 38:1-11, 42:1-5
Rev. 19:4-16
John 1:29-34
Selected Verses
Ps. 150:2
 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
          praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Job 42:3
"…'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?'
          Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
          things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.  …"

Rev. 19:16
On [the white horse rider's] robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, "King of kings and Lord of lords."

John 1:29
The next day [John] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  …"

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