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.

For the Sake of Your Name, Jesus?--Aug. 20, 2016

O Jesus Christ, you are called the Light of the World,
but I cannot see the way--you have fenced me in.
How can anyone say you have come down
from heaven--aren't you born of Mary?
Must I suffer for the sake of your name?
Lord, open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them and give you thanks.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 56; 149; 118; 111
Job 3:1-26
Acts 9:10-19a
John 6:41-51
Selected Verses
Ps. 118:19
 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
          that I may enter through them
          and give thanks to the LORD.

Job 3:23
"…Why is light given to one who cannot see the way, whom God has fenced in? …" [Job]

Acts 9:15-16
But the Lord said to [Ananias], "Go, for [Saul] is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name."

John 6:41-42
Then the Jews began to complain about [Jesus] because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."  They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?  How can he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?" 

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