Trinity 11 through Trinity 16 Reflections 2017

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Monday of the 11th Week after Trinity

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have acquired a man, the LORD." (Genesis 4:1, author's translation)

The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. (Mark 6:20)

Wednesday of the 11th Week after Trinity

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God's command and combined with God's word. (Small Catechism: Baptism Part 1)

Thursday of the 11th Week after Trinity

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1)

Friday of the 11th Week after Trinity

For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (1 Corinthians 15:9)

Saturday of the 11th Week after Trinity

But I am poor and needy; Make haste to me, O God! (Psalm 70:5 from the Introit for Trinity 12)

The 12th Sunday after Trinity

Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. (Mark 7:35)

Monday of the 12th Week after Trinity

In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. (Isaiah 29:18)

Tuesday of the 12th Week after Trinity

For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. (2 Corinthians 3:9)

Wednesday of the 12th Week after Trinity

What benefits does Baptism give? It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. (Small Catechism: Baptism, Part 2)

Thursday of the 12th Week after Trinity

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Friday of the 12th Week after Trinity

But [Naaman's] servants came near and said to him, "My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?" So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:13-14)

Saturday of the 12th Week after Trinity

O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture? (Psalm 74:1 from the Introit for Trinity 13)

The 13th Sunday after Trinity

"Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise." (Luke 10:36-37)

Monday of the 13th Week after Trinity

And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves. But aren't you also guilty of sins against the Lord your God? Now listen to me! Send back your fellow Israelites you have taken as prisoners, for the Lord's fierce anger rests on you." (2 Chronicles 28:10-11)

Tuesday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:21-22)

Wednesday of the 13th Week after Trinity

How can water do such great things? Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God's word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: "He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ, our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying." (Small Catechism: Baptism Part 3)

Holy Cross Day

Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. (John 12:31-33)

Friday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, and the carved and the metal images. And they chopped down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and he cut down the incense altars that stood above them. And he broke in pieces the Asherim and the carved and the metal images, and he made dust of them and scattered it over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them (2 Chronicles 34:1-4)

Saturday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalm 84:9-10 from the Introit for Trinity 14)

The 14th Sunday after Trinity

Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well." (Luke17:17-19)

Monday of the 14th Week after Trinity

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

Tuesday of the 14th Week after Trinity

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)

Wednesday of the 14th Week after Trinity

What does such baptizing with water indicate?

St. Matthew, Apostle

[Jesus] said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. (Matthew 9:12b)"

Friday of the 14th Week after Trinity

And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. (Nehemiah 8:6-7) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. True worship can only come from faith in God's promises. Apart from His Name and His work, our worship is empty muttering, and God is not present. It's a lie to talk about God as Father and ourselves as His children apart from His Name and Word. Worship in God's Name, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is a rejection of ourselves, our accomplishments, our reputation, our feelings, our way of getting things done. True worship is a rejection of all we think we have to offer to God.

Saturday of the 14th Week after Trinity

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you--you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. (Psalm 86:1-3 from the Introit for Trinity 15)

The 15th Sunday after Trinity

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)

Monday of the 15th Week after Trinity

"I go in and prepare [bread] for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die." (1 Kings 17:12)

Tuesday of the 15th Week after Trinity

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

Wednesday of the 15th Week after Trinity

What is Confession? Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven. (Small Catechism: Confession)

Thursday of the 15th Week after Trinity

Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)

St. Michael and All Angels

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)

Saturday of the 15th Week after Trinity

They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. (Nehemiah 8:8 from the Introit for Trinity 16)

The 16th Sunday after Trinity

The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother (Luke 7:15).

Monday of the 16th Week after Trinity

"You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!" (1 Kings 17:18)

Tuesday of the 16th Week after Trinity

So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. (Ephesians 3:13)

Wednesday of the 16th Week after Trinity

What do you believe according to these words? I believe that when the called ministers of Christ deal with us by His divine command, in particular when they exclude openly unrepentant sinners from the Christian congregation and absolve those who repent of their sins and want to do better, this is just as valid and certain, even in heaven, as if Christ our dear Lord dealt with us Himself. (Small Catechism: Office of the Keys)

Thursday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him. (Malachi 3:18)

Friday of the 16th Week after Trinity

You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it. (Deuteronomy 5:27)

Saturday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, And teach me Your statutes. (Psalm 119:124 from the Introit for Trinity 17)

The 11th Sunday after Trinity

"And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'" (Luke 18:13)