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.

A Voice We Had Not Known--July 28, 2018

[From Aug. 3, 2006 archive]

We hear a voice we had not known,
a voice that promises relief from our burden.
What voice is this?

Is it like the sugary voice of Jael to Sisera,
who offered the warrior a rug to hide under and warm milk to ease his fear,
then while he slept hammered a tent stake through his temple?

Or like the voice of Judas, whose love for Jesus
did not preclude his serving as a guide
for the arresting party?  

No, it is more like the voice of women who followed Jesus
and provided for him all the way from Galilee to crucifixion,
then stayed with him even after.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 143; 147:12-20; 81; 116
Judg. 4:4-23
Acts 1:15-26
Matt. 27:55-66
Selected Verses
Ps. 81:5c-6
I hear a voice I had not known:
“I relieved your shoulder of the burden;
            your hands were freed from the basket.   

Judg. 4:18
Jael came out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me; have no fear.”  So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug.

Acts 1:16
“Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus…”  [Peter, to the believers]

Matt. 27:55
Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him.

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