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.

Not as Wise as the Ox--Nov. 27, 2016

[From Nov. 30, 2014 archive]

Not as wise as the ox,
which knows its owner;
not as wise as the donkey,
which knows its master's crib.

We do not understand that one day
is like a thousand years in your sight,
or that a thousand years are like one day--
thus do not know when you will come to us.

Lift up the gates that keep you from us, O God;
lift our heads and our hearts, that you may come in.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 24; 150; 25; 110
Isa. 1:1-9
2 Peter 3:1-10
Matt. 25:1-13

Selected Verses
Ps. 24:7
Lift up your heads, O gates!
            and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
            that the King of glory may come in.

Isa. 1:3
The ox knows its owner,
          and the donkey its master's crib;
but Israel does not know,
          my people do not understand.

2 Peter 3:8
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 

Matt. 25:13
"…Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."  [Jesus to his disciples]

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