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.

When Will these Plagues Be Ended?--June 18, 2017


O God, you work vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.

And you hear the groaning
of the little ones in South Sudan--
 starving, and their mothers have no milk;
not your will, that one of these should be lost.

We have not listened well to their groaning;
and if we hear, we only wonder--
when will these plagues
be ended?

Show us, we have a role to play
in ending them.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 103; 150; 117; 139
Exod. 6:2-13; 7:1-6
Rev. 15:1-8
Matt. 18:1-14

Selected Verses
Ps. 103:6
The LORD works vindication
          and justice for all who are oppressed. 

Exod. 6:5
I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites whom the Egyptians are holding as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant.

Rev. 15:1
Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.

Matt. 18:14
"…So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost."  [Jesus to his disciples]

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