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.

We Must Love the Stranger--March 10, 2017


God, from whom no creature is hidden,
you execute justice for the orphan and the widow;
you love the strangers, providing them food and clothing.

You remind us that we were strangers in Egypt,
so we also must love the stranger.
In the name of Jesus, who
gives the Spirit
without measure.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 22; 148; 105; 130
Deut. 10:12-22
Heb. 4:11-16
John 3:22-36

Selected Verses
Ps. 105:23
Then Israel came to Egypt;
          Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham. 

Deut. 10:18-19
…who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing.  You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 

Heb. 4:13
And before [God] no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

John 3:34
He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 

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