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.

Nobody to Be Left Out--Aug. 26, 2016

Your invitation was unequivocal, Jesus.
It was to kings and commoners, young and old,
women and men--you show no partiality.
We try to resist you, want to limit your invitation
to people more like ourselves, but we fail.
Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, you said.
To accept your invitation, we too must
be ready to accept everyone.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 88; 148; 6; 20
Job 9:1-15, 32-35
Acts 10:34-48
John 7:37-52
Selected Verses
Ps. 148:1a, 11-12
Praise the LORD!…
Kings of the earth and all peoples,
          princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike,
          old and young together!

Job 9:4
"[God] is wise in heart, and mighty in strength--who has resisted him, and succeeded?   …"  [Job]

Acts 10:34
Then Peter began to speak to [Cornelius and his household]: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality…"

John 7:37-38a
On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink.  …"

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