Easter Reflections 2012

May 26, 2012 - Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

"The Spirit of the Lord fills the world. Alleluia. Let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Alleluia." (Antiphon from the Introit for Pentecost)

May 25, 2012 - Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

"Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So shall you bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation." (Numbers 20:8)

May 24, 2012 - Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." (Luke 20:17)

May 23, 2012 - Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

"And lead us not into temptation. What does this mean? God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair or other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory." (The Lord' s Prayer, Sixth Petition and Explanation)

May 22, 2012 - Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

"If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." (1 Peter 4:14)

May 21, 2012 - Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

"And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26)

May 20, 2012 - The Seventh Sunday of Easter

"I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away." (John 16:1)

May 19, 2012 - Saturday after Ascension

"Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Alleluia. Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide Your face from me. Alleluia." (Psalm 27:7 – 9, Antiphon from the Introit for Easter 7)

May 18, 2012 - Friday after the Ascension

"This Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11)

May 17, 2012 - The Ascension of Our Lord

"The he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven." (Luke 24:50-51)

May 16, 2012 - Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

"And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. What does this mean? We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and surely deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us." (Fifth Petition and Explanation of the Lord' s Prayer)

May 15, 2012 - Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only." (James 1:22)

May 14, 2012 - Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

"And the Lord said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live." (Numbers 21:8)

May 13, 2012 - The Sixth Sunday of Easter

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33)

May 12, 2012 - Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, utter it to the end of the earth. Alleluia. The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob! Alleluia." (Antiphon from the Introit for the Sixth Sunday of Easter)

May 11, 2012 - Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able." (Luke 13:24)

May 10, 2012 - Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:2-3)

May 9, 2012 - Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"Give us this day our daily bread. What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread indeed without our prayer, also to all the wicked; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to know it, and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving." (Lord' s Prayer, Fourth Petition)

May 8, 2012 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." (James 1:17)

May 7, 2012 - Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation." (Isaiah 12:2)

May 6, 2012 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter

"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Alleluia! His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. Alleluia!" (Psalm 98:1-2, from the Introit for the Fifth Sunday of Easter)

May 5, 2012 - Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalm 98:3 from the Introit for Easter 5)

May 4, 2012 - Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, And be full of reproach. (Lamentations 3:30)

May 3, 2012 - Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. (1 Peter 2:19)

May 2, 2012 - Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

How is God's will done? God's will is done when he breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want us to hallow God's name or let His kingdom come; and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His Word and faith until we die. This is His good and gracious will. (The Small Catechism, Lord's Prayer, Third Petition)

May 1, 2012 - St. Philip and St. James, Apostles

Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? (John 14:9)

April 30, 2012 - Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?" says the Holy One. (Isaiah 40:25)

April 29, 2012 - The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. (John 16:20)

April 28, 2012 - Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. (Psalm 66:5 from the Introit for Easter 4)

April 27, 2012 - Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

April 26, 2012 - Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

God's kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time and there in eternity. (The Small Catechism, Lord's Prayer, Second Petition)

April 25, 2012 - St. Mark, Evangelist

And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Mark 16:20)

April 24, 2012 - Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25)

April 23, 2012 - Monday of the Third Week of Easter

For thus says the Lord GOD: "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. (Ezekiel 34:11)

April 22, 2012 - The Third Sunday of Easter

As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:15)

April 21, 2012 - Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

"Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield." (Psalm 33:20 from the Introit for Easter 3)

April 20, 2012 - Friday of the Second Week of Easter

"The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath." (Luke 6:5b)

April 19, 2012 - Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

"Your sins are forgiven you." (Luke 5:20b).

April 18, 2012 - Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

"God' s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity." (Explanation to the First Petition, Small Catechism).

April 17, 2012 - Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

"For there are three that testify: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three agree." (I John 5:7-8)

April 16, 2012 - Monday of the Second Week of Easter

"Thus says the Lord God: "Behold I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O My people."” (Ezekiel 37:12a).

April 15, 2012 - The Second Sunday of Easter

"My Lord and My God' (John 20:28b).

April 14, 2012 - Saturday of the Week of Easter

"You called in trouble, and I delivered you." (Psalm 81:7a from the Introit for Easter 2)

April 13, 2012 - Friday of the Week of Easter

"And beginning with Moses and the all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." (Luke 24:27)

April 12, 2012 - Thursday of the Week of Easter

"I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider He has thrown into the sea." (Exodus 15:1b)

April 11, 2012 - Wednesday of the Week of Easter

"He is our true Father, and we are His true children." (Introduction to the Lord' s Prayer, Small Catechism).

April 10, 2012 - Tuesday of the Week of Easter

"Let us celebrate the Festival" (I Corinthians 5:8a).

April 9, 2012 - Monday of the Week of Easter

"Yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself." (Job 19:26-27)

April 8, 2012 - The Resurrection of Our Lord

"He has Risen." (Mark 16:6)