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.

To Resist Sin's Yoke of Slavery--March 26, 2017

Our Lord Jesus Christ,
we are slow to understand
that you are in the midst of us,
and we are called by your name;
for freedom you have set us free.
In you we will be glad, rejoice,
 and shout for joy, resisting
sin's yoke of slavery.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 84; 150; 42; 32
Jer. 14:1-22
Gal. 4:21-5:1
Mark 8:11-21

Selected Verses
Ps. 32:11
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous,
          and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Jer. 14:9b
Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us,
          and we are called by your name;
          do not forsake us!

Gal. 5:1
For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Mark 8:21
Then [Jesus] said to [his disciples], “Do you not yet understand?”

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