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.

All One in Christ Jesus--Jan. 28, 2017

O God, you are our God.
You have made us, and we are yours.
Yours is the rock from which we were hewn,
yours is the quarry from which we were dug.
We are your people, the sheep of your pasture,
and all of us are one in Christ Jesus.
Save our hearts from evil.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 122; 149; 100; 63
Isa. 51:1-8
Gal. 3:23-29
Mark 7:1-23

Selected Verses
Ps. 100:3
Know that the LORD is God.
          It is he that made us, and we are his;
          we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Isa. 51:1
Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,
          you that seek the LORD.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
          and to the quarry from which you were dug. 

Gal. 3:28
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

Mark 7:21-22
For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 

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