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.

When Deeds of Iniquity Overwhelm Us--Nov. 16, 2016

Lord God, are we so weary of you and of
your commandments that we sniff at you?
Has our envy and selfish ambition disordered
us to the point that we have forgotten your wisdom
from above--to be pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to
yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace
of partiality or hypocrisy?  Are we so fearful
of aliens that we won't even thank you
for what they bring to us?
When deeds of iniquity
overwhelm us, dear God,
forgive our transgressions.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 65; 147:1-11; 125; 91
Mal. 1:1, 6-14
James 3:13-4:12
Luke 17:11-19
Selected Verses
Ps. 65:3
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
          you forgive our transgressions. 

Mal. 1:13a
"What a weariness this is," you say, and you sniff at me, says the LORD of hosts. 

James 3:16-17
For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 

Luke 17:17-18
Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean?  But the other nine, where are they?  Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" 

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