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.

Like a Grain of Wheat--April 11, 2017

Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior,
all things are subject to you.
Your words are a joy, the delight of our hearts.
Like a grain of wheat that falls to the earth,
transform the body of our humiliation;
conform it to the body of your glory,
and in you we shall bear much fruit.
Lord, empower us to depart from evil
and do good, to seek peace and pursue it.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 34; 146; 25; 91
Jer. 15:10-21
Phil. 3:15-21
John 12:20-26
Selected Verses
Ps. 34:14
Depart from evil, and do good;
          seek peace, and pursue it.

Jer. 15:16a
Your words were found, and I ate them,
          and your words became to me a joy
          and the delight of my heart…

Phil. 3:21
[Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,] will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.

John 12:24
"…Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  …"  [Jesus to Andrew and Philip]

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