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.

Our God, Who Reveals Mysteries--April 26, 2017


Holy Father, the world does not know you,
but we praise your great and awesome name;
you are our God, a God who reveals mysteries.

All that is in the world--the desire of the flesh,
the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches--
come not from you but from the world. 

You sent Jesus to make your name known to us,
so that the love with which you loved him
may be in us, and that he may be in us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 99; 147:1-11; 9; 118
Dan. 2:17-30
1 John 2:12-17
John 17:20-26

Selected Verses
Ps. 99:3
Let them praise your great and awesome name.
          Holy is he! 

Dan. 2:28a
"…but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has disclosed to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen at the end of days.  …" 

1 John 2:16
…for all that is in the world--the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches--comes not from the Father but from the world.

John 17:25-26
"Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me.  I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."  [Jesus, praying for his disciples]

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