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.

Compassion over All God Has Made--May 1, 2017

Gracious God, you are good to all;
your compassion is over all you have made.
Lord Jesus, the Spirit was upon you,
anointing you to bring good news to the poor,
and to proclaim release to the captives,
recovery of sight to the blind,
and freedom to the oppressed.

And we, what shall be our response?
Your righteousness atoned for our sins;
pray help us show mercy to the oppressed and--
believing in your name--love one another.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 97; 145; 124; 115
Dan. 4:19-27
1 John 3:19-4:6
Luke 4:14-30

Selected Verses
The LORD is good to all,
          and his compassion is over all that he has made.

Dan. 4:27
"…Therefore, O king, may my counsel be acceptable to you: atone for your sins with righteousness, and your iniquities with mercy to the oppressed, so that your prosperity may be prolonged."  …"  [Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar]

1 John 3:23
And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

Luke 4:14-30
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
          because he has anointed me
               to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
          and recovery of sight to the blind,
               to let the oppressed go free…"
[Jesus, reading from Isaiah]

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