Easter Reflections 2013

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May 18, 2013 - Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

The Spirit of the Lord fills the world. Let the righteous be glad; (Wisdom 1:7 from the Introit for Pentecost)

May 17, 2013 - Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals." (Numbers 20:8)

May 16, 2013 - Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped. (Numbers 16:48)

May 15, 2013 - Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Thy kingdom come. What does this mean? The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also. How does God’s kingdom come? 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: The Lord's Prayer, Second Petition)

May 14, 2013 - Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)

May 13, 2013 - Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:25-26)

May 12, 2013 - The Seventh Sunday of Easter

"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. (John 15:26-27)

May 11, 2013 - Saturday after the Ascension

When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek." Do not hide Your face from me; (Psalm 27:8-9 from the Introit for Easter 7)

May 10, 2013 - Friday after the Ascension

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

May 9, 2013 - The Ascension of Our Lord

And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

May 8, 2013 - Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Hallowed be Thy name. What does this mean? God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept holy among us also. How is God’s name kept holy? God’s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we, as children of God, also lead holy lives according to it. Help us to do this, dear Father in heaven! But anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God’s Word profanes the name of God among us. Protect us from this, heavenly Father! (The Small Catechism: Lord's Prayer, First Petition)

May 7, 2013 - Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)

May 6, 2013 - Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. (Numbers 21:9)

May 5, 2013 - The Sixth Sunday of Easter

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

May 4, 2013 - Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Utter it to the end of the earth; Say, "The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob!" (Isaiah 48:20 from the Introit for Easter 6)

May 3, 2013 - Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

You shall not make idols for yourselves; neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves; nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 26:1)

May 2, 2013 - Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Our Father who art in heaven. What does this mean? With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father. (The Small Catechism: Lord's Prayer, Introduction)

May 1, 2013 - St. Philip and St. James, Apostles

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (John 14:12)

April 30, 2013 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20)

April 29, 2013 - Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

And in that day you will say: "O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. (Isaiah 12:1)

April 28, 2013 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter

[The Spirit of Truth] will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. (John 16:14)

April 27, 2013 - Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; (Psalm 98:1 form the Introit for Easter 5)

April 26, 2013 - Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. (1 John 3:1)

April 25, 2013 - St. Mark, Evangelist

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

April 24, 2013 - Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. What does this mean? On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true. (The Small Catechism: The Third Article)

April 23, 2013 - Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. (1 Peter 2:20)

April 22, 2013 - Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

April 21, 2013 - The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. (John 16:22)

April 20, 2013 - Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. (Psalm 66:2 from the Introit for Easter 4)

April 19, 2013 - Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. (Luke 8:33)

April 18, 2013 - Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, (Luke 8:1)

April 17, 2013 - Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. What does this mean? ...In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. (The Small Catechism: Third Article)

April 16, 2013 - 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 15, 2013 - Monday of the Third Week of Easter

And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. (Ezekiel 34:13)

April 14, 2013 - The Third Sunday of Easter

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep (John 10:11)

April 13, 2013 - Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

Our soul waits for the Lord . (Psalm 33:20, Introit for Easter 3)

April 12, 2013 - Friday of the Second Week of Easter

All the crowd sought to touch Him, for power came out from Him and healed them all. (Luke 6:19, ESV)

April 11, 2013 - Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

"That you may know that the Son of Man has authori ty on earth to forgive sins" — H e said to the man who was paralyzed — "I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home." (Luke 5:24, ESV ).

April 10, 2013 - Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. (The Small Catechism, The Third Article)

April 9, 2013 - Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. (1 John 5:4, ESV)

April 8, 2013 - Monday of the Second Week of Easter

He said, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know." He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD." (Eze kiel 37:3-4 ESV )

April 7, 2013 - The Second Sunday of Easter

"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book, but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:29-31, ESV)

April 6, 2013 - Saturday of the Octave of Easter

As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word. (1 Peter 2:2, Antiphon for the Introit of Easter 2)

April 5, 2013 - Friday of the Octave of Easter

Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?" (Luke 24:26, ESV)

April 4, 2013 - Thursday of the Octave of Easter

Moses said, "Fear not. . . . T he LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. (Exodus 14:13-14, ESV)

April 3, 2013 - Wednesday of the Octave of Easter

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. What does this mean? ...that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true. (The Small Catechism: The Second Article)

April 2, 2013 - Tuesday of the Octave of Easter

Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celeb rate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Corinthians 5:7-8, ESV )

April 1, 2013 - Monday of the Octave of Easter

I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God. (Job 19:25-26, ESV)

March 31, 2013 - The Resurrection of Our Lord

"You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen." . . . T hey fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. (Mark 16:6,8, ESV )