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.

You Could Not Please Everyone, Jesus--Feb. 5, 2017


Lord Jesus, even you could not please everyone;
you had to endure fierce hostility,
and no one understood you; then you were  
taken away, and you
perished.
.
Grant me empathy for those who must endure
unjust criticism and hostility;
and search me and lead me away from
my own sin of unjust
hostility.

Jesus, when I am the target, let me listen
to my critics, and help me
discern what is just and what is not,
for I tend to hear any criticism
of me as hostile.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 103; 150; 117; 139
Isa. 57:1-13
Heb. 12:1-6
John 7:37-46

Selected Verses
Ps. 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
          test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
          and lead me in the way everlasting.

Isa. 57:1a-b
The righteous perish,
          and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
          while no one understands. 

Heb. 12:3
Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. 

John 7:43
So there was a division in the crowd because of [Jesus]. 

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