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.

To Find Steadfast Love and Knowledge of You--Oct. 2, 2016

You desire steadfast love, not sacrifice--
knowledge of you, not burnt offerings.
But our love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early.
And knowledge of you seems
too wonderful for us, too
high for us to attain.

Jesus' love for you was steadfast.
Even after he learned the gory news
of John's execution by Herod, he
did not waver. Let our love
be like Jesus'.  And from
your Spirit we receive
all we need to know
of how to love you.
Fill us with your

Holy Spirit. 

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 103; 150; 117; 139
Hosea 5:8-6:6
1 Cor. 2:6-15
Matt. 14:1-12
Selected Verses
Ps. 139:6
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
          it is so high that I cannot attain it.

Hosea 6:4b, 6
Your love is like a morning cloud,
            like the dew that goes away early.  …
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
            the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
[God speaking through the prophet to Ephraim and Judah]

1 Cor. 2:12
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 

Matt. 14:11-12
[John's] head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother.  His disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went and told Jesus.

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