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.

Born of the Flesh, or Born of the Spirit?--March 8, 2017


Born of the flesh, we do not hear your voice;
 quick to turn away from your commands,
we harden our hearts in rebellion. 

Jesus, spread your protection over us;
fill our spirit with your Holy Spirit,
that we may love your name and
do your will and exult in you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 147:1-11; 27; 51
Deut. 9:13-21
Heb. 3:12-19
John 2:23-3:15

Selected Verses
Ps. 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
          let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
          so that those who love your name may exult in you. 

Deut. 9:16
Then I saw that you had indeed sinned against the LORD your God, by casting for yourselves an image of a calf; you had been quick to turn from the way that the LORD had commanded you.  [Moses to the people of Israel]

Heb. 3:15
As it is said,
     “Today, if you hear his voice,
     do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 

John 3:6
"…What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.  …"  [Jesus to Nicodemus]

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