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.

On this Holy Day, We Celebrate--April 16, 2017

On this holy day of remembrance,
O risen Christ,
we celebrate your resurrection;
come near and walk with us;
let sorrow and sighing
flee away.
We celebrate the light that shines
in the darkness, which the darkness
cannot overcome.
With everlasting joy, we celebrate--
let everything that breathes
praise the Lord!

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 93; 150; 136; 117
Exod. 12:1-14
John 1:1-8
Isa. 51:9-11
Luke 24:13-35

Selected Verses
Ps. 150:6
 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
            Praise the Lord!

Exod. 12:14
This day shall be a day of remembrance for you.  You shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Isa. 51:11
So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
          and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
          they shall obtain joy and gladness,
          and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Luke 24:15
While [two of them] were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them…

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