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.

New Wine, Even if I Burst--Jan. 13, 2017


Christ Jesus, our Lord,
I am like an old wineskin;
but fill me with new wine,
even if it makes me burst.
I have lost my way;
guide me on a new road,
one I have not known.

Restore to me the joy
of your salvation, God,
and sustain in me
a willing spirit,
that, with boldness
and confidence,
I may, through faith,
have access to you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 51; 148; 142; 65
Isa. 42:1-17
Eph. 3:1-13
Mark 2:13-22

Selected Verses
Ps. 51:12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
          and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Isa. 42:16a
I will lead the blind
          by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
          I will guide them. 

Eph. 3:11-12
This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him. 

Mark 2:22
"…And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins."  [Jesus to his critics]

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