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.

Fragrance that Comes from Knowing Christ--Feb. 22, 2017

[From Feb. 23, 2011 archive]

All flesh must come to you to ask forgiveness.
Who has not been angry with a brother or sister?
Who has not insulted them, or called them “fool”?
Our deeds of iniquity include these and far worse.

Yet in Christ you lead us in triumphal procession.
Wherever we are, grant that we may spread the
fragrance that accompanies knowledge of him;
and teach us in his name to befriend the alien.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 65; 147:1-11; 125; 91
Ruth 2:1-13
2 Cor. 1:23-2:17
Matt. 5:21-26

Selected Verses
Ps. 65:2a-3
To you all flesh shall come.
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
            you forgive our transgressions.

Ruth 2:10
Then [Ruth] fell prostrate, with her face to the ground, and said to [Boaz], “Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take notice of me, when I am a foreigner?”

2 Cor. 2:14
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.

Matt. 5:22
“…But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.  …”  [Jesus to the crowds]

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