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.

While the Wicked Prowl--June 7, 2016

[From June 8, 2004 archive]

The righteous suffer, and the wicked prosper.
On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is
exalted among humankind.  We may be children
of the promise, but how does that benefit us?
 
An ancient question, with an ancient answer.
The answer is, you love us all—the lame,
the maimed, the blind, and the others.
That is all the answer we have,
and all the answer we need.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 12; 146; 36; 7
Eccl. 8:14-9:10
Gal. 4:21-31
Matt. 15:29-39
       
Selected Verses
Ps. 12:8
On every side the wicked prowl,
            as vileness is exalted among humankind.

Eccl. 8:14a
There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people who are treated according to the conduct of the wicked, and there are wicked people who are treated according to the conduct of the righteous.

Gal. 4:28
Now you, my friends, are children of the promise, like Isaac.

Matt. 15:30
Great crowds came to [Jesus], bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others.

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