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 Go and Show Mercy--Oct. 20, 2016

[From Oct. 25, 2012 archive]

We love you because you have heard our supplications;
surely you have shown us mercy, O God.
Shall we not be merciful?

You have stood as shepherd of your flock and fed us
and cared for us.  Shall we not feed
and care for others?

When we fail to hear the supplications of the needy,
we distance ourselves from your love;
we enter a bottomless pit.

God, in your strength, lift us out of the pit;
Christ, in your mercy may we go
and show mercy.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 143; 147:12-20; 81; 116
Micah 5:1-4, 10-15
Rev. 9:1-12
Luke 10:25-37

Selected Verses
Ps. 116:1
 I love the LORD, because he has heard
          my voice and my supplications.

Micah 5:4
And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD,
     in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.

Rev. 9:2
And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit…

Luke 10:37
[The lawyer] said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


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