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 the Women Who Followed Jesus--May 16, 2017

Remove the iniquity from our hearts,
O God, as we turn to you in prayer,
for we have not obeyed your voice
or followed your law; of all you
commanded us to do, we have
done nothing.

Teach us to rejoice in hope, to be
patient in suffering, and in prayer
to persevere.

Give us the loyalty and devotion
of the women who followed
Jesus, who out of their own
resources provided for

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 98; 146; 66; 116
Jer. 32:16-25
Rom. 12:1-21
Luke 8:1-15    

Selected Verses
Ps. 66:18-19
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
          the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened;
          he has given heed to the words of my prayer.

Jer. 32:23b
But they did not obey your voice or follow your law; of all you commanded them to do, they did nothing. 

Rom. 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Luke 8:1b-3
The twelve were with [Jesus], as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

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