Reflections for the season of Epiphany and Pre-Lent for 2009.
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. (Matthew 3:16)
Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan. (Joshua 3:17)
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. (1 Corinthians 1:27)
You shall not commit adultery. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other. (The Sixth Commandment)
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. (Romans 7:15).
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 Epiphany 2).
[Jesus] said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ." (Mark 8:29)
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. (John 2:6)
But [the Lord] said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live." (Exodus 33:20)
You shall not steal. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor's money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income. (The Seventh Commandment)
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. (Romans 12:10)
The LORD will answer and say to His people, "Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations. (Joel 2:19)
He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 97:10 from the Introit for Epiphany 3)
"But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (Matthew 19:30)
After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. (Luke 10:1)
The centurion said, “For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it”. (Matthew 8:9)
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way. (The Eighth Commandment)
But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, "Indeed, I said to myself, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy. '”(2 Kings 5:11).
Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion (Romans 12:16).
O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. (Psalm 84:9, from the Introit for Transfiguration)
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" (Matthew 17:5)
"Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; (Luke 2:29)
And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. (Exodus 3:2)
You shall not covet your neighbor's house. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it. (The Ninth Commandment)
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. (2 Peter 1:16)
Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb? (Job 3:11)
In my distress I called upon the LORD...He heard my voice from His temple. (From the Introit for Septuagesima)
And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace," and said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. (Matthew 20:3-4)
"Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. (Exodus 17:6)
All were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:2-4)
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or maidservant, his ox or donkey,or anything that belongs to your neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor's wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty. (The Tenth Commandment)
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” (John 4:34)
For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge. (Job 9:15)
In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. (Psalm 44:* from the Introit for Sexagesima)
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15)
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God threatens to punish all who break these commandments. Therefore, we should fear His wrath and not do anything against them. But He promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments. Therefore, we should also love and trust in Him and gladly do what He commands. (Meaning of the Conclusion of the Commandments)
"Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:54)
Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?"
In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed (Psalm 31:1 from the Introit for Quinquagesima)
But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken. (Luke 18:34)
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his physical appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)
"All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. (Matthew 11:27)