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.

Shall I Hate Those who Hate God?--Oct. 30, 2016

Shall I hate those who hate you, O God?
Is it your will that I loathe those who rise up
against you, who have turned back from following
you, or have not sought you, or inquired of you?
No, love is patient, love is kind, love is not
envious, boastful, arrogant, or rude.
If in all these ways I have been
unloving, and you have had
mercy on me, should I
not show mercy
for a fellow

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 103; 150; 117; 139
Zeph. 1:1-6
1 Cor. 12:27-13:13
Matt. 18:21-35
Selected Verses
Ps. 139:21
Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
          And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 

Zeph. 1:6
…those who have turned back from following the LORD,
     who have not sought the LORD or inquired of him.
1 Cor. 13:4-5
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful…

Matt. 18:33
"'…Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?…'"  [In Jesus' parable, the king speaking to the slave he had forgiven]

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