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.

Transform the Body of Our Humiliation--Nov. 13, 2016

[From Nov. 16, 2014 archive]

Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us
that we tithe mint, dill, and cummin
while we neglect justice, mercy, and faith,
though destruction and violence are before us,
and though everywhere strife and contention arise.

Transform, we pray, the body of our humiliation,
so that it may be conformed to the body of your glory,
and that your saving power may be known over all the earth.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 67; 150; 46; 93
Hab. 1:1-2:1
Phil. 3:13-4:1
Matt. 23:13-24

Selected Verses
Ps. 67:2
…that your way may be known upon earth,
            your saving power among all nations. 

Hab. 1:3b
Destruction and violence are before me;
     strife and contention arise. 

Phil. 3:21
[The Lord Jesus Christ] will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.

Matt. 23:23
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith.  It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.  …"  [Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples]

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