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.

Can He Be the Messiah?--Jan. 15, 2017

Lord our God, we have this hope,
a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul,
that it is you who brought us up from slavery,
who for the sake of Jesus blots out our transgressions,
remembering our sin no more.  Can it be, he is the Messiah?

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 19; 150; 81; 113
Isa. 43:14-44:5
Heb. 6:17-7:10
John 4:27-42

Selected Verses
Ps. 81:10
 "…I am the LORD your God,
          who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
          Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.  …"

Isa. 43:25
 I, I am He
          who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
          and I will not remember your sins. 

Heb. 6:19
We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain…

John 4:28-29
Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, "Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done!  He cannot be the Messiah, can he?"

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