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.

Three Questions for God--Dec. 4, 2016


God, you expect justice,
but you see bloodshed;
expect righteousness,
but only hear a cry.

To what then can you compare
the people of this generation,
and what are we like?

Who among us can ascend your hill;
who can stand in your holy place?

And what sort of persons do you want us to be
in leading lives of holiness and godliness?

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 24; 150; 25; 110
Isa. 5:1-7
2 Peter 3:11-18
Luke 7:28-35
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 24:3
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
     And who shall stand in his holy place?

Isa. 5:7
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts
     is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah
     are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice,
     but saw bloodshed;
righteousness,
     but heard a cry!

2 Peter 3:11
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness…

Luke 7:31
"…To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?  …"  [Jesus to the crowds]

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