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.

Do Not Let Us Repeat Their Mistake, O Jesus--Oct. 15, 2016


O Jesus, let these words sink into our ears:
Into human hands you were betrayed;
the people's heart had grown dull,
and their ears hard of hearing,
and they had shut their eyes,
so that they might not look with
their eyes, and listen with their ears,
to understand with their heart and turn
and allow you heal them, dear Lord Jesus.
You would have delivered their soul from death,
and their feet from falling--though they had
stumbled because of their iniquity--
and returned them to their God
to walk in the light of life.
Do not let us repeat
their mistake,
O Jesus.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 56; 149; 118; 111
Hosea 14:1-9
Acts 28:17-31
Luke 9:37-50
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 56:13
For you have delivered my soul from death,
          and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God
          in the light of life.

Hosea 14:1
Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.

Acts 28:27
"'…For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn--and I would heal them.'  …"  [Paul, quoting Isaiah to Roman Jews] 

Luke 9:44
"Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands."  [Jesus to his disciples] 

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