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.

Hidden from Our Eyes--June 16, 2017


Familiarity hides the beautiful from our eyes.
We grow accustomed to the face we once adored;
we fail to recognize the things that make for peace;
and even upon returning to a familiar place,
we may not find it--or our loved ones--
as we wish.

Your dwelling place is in our hearts, O Christ,
may we never lose sight of the beauty,
or weary of your presence there.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 84; 148; 25; 40
Song Sol. 2:8-13; 4:1-4a, 5-7, 9-11
2 Cor. 12:11-21
Luke 19:41-48

Selected Verses
Ps. 84:1
How lovely is your dwelling place,
          O LORD of hosts! 

Song Sol. 4:1a
How beautiful you are, my love,
          how very beautiful!

2 Cor. 12:20a
For I fear that when I come, I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish…

Luke 19:41
As [Jesus] came near and saw [Jerusalem], he wept over it, saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!  But now they are hidden from your eyes. …"

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