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.

To Go and Do Likewise--June 1, 2017

We thank you, O God, for Christ,
who taught us how to approach you.
He showed mercy to the poor and needy,
and he calls us to go and do likewise,
even as he intercedes in our behalf.

Turn us around,  
and make us merciful,
for you have no pleasure
in the death of anyone.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 47; 147:12-20; 68; 113
Ezek. 18:1-4, 19-32
Heb. 7:18-28
Luke 10:25-37
Selected Verses
Ps. 113:7-8
[The LORD] raises the poor from the dust,
          and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
          with the princes of his people. 

Ezek. 18:32
For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord GOD.  Turn, then, and live.

Heb. 7:25
Consequently [Jesus] is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Luke 10:36-37
"…Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"  [The lawyer said to Jesus], "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

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