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.

Jesus, Lamb and Shepherd--Jan. 8, 2017


 O God, our Creator, how manifold are your works;
the world is full of your creatures; in wisdom
you have made them all, and in the wonder
of creation, we may find you speaking.

Surely, you speak to us in many and various ways,
but for me you speak most clearly by your Son--
the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.
Jesus is the Lamb, and he is the Shepherd
who leads the flock, feeds the lambs,
and carries them in his arms.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 104; 150; 29
Isa. 40:1-11
Heb. 1:1-12
John 1:1-7, 19-20, 29-34

Selected Verses
Ps. 104:24
O LORD, how manifold are your works!
          In wisdom you have made them all;
          the earth is full of your creatures. 

Isa. 40:11
 [The Lord GOD] will feed his flock like a shepherd;
          he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
          and gently lead the mother sheep.

Heb. 1:1-2a
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son…

John 1:29
The next day [John] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  …" 

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