Epiphany & Pre-Lent Reflections 2013

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January 6, 2013 - The Epiphany of Our Lord

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)

January 7, 2013 - Monday after the Epiphany

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:2)

January 8, 2013 - Tuesday after the Epiphany

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Ephesians 3:8)

January 9, 2013 - Wednesday after the Epiphany

You shall not commit adultery. (The Small Catechism: The Sixth Commandment)

January 10, 2013 - Thursday after the Epiphany

And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. (1 Kings 8:10-11)

January 11, 2013 - Friday after the Epiphany

And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)

January 12, 2013 - Saturday after the Epiphany

“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! (Isaiah 42:1a)

January 13, 2013 - The Baptism of Our Lord

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

January 14, 2013 - Monday of the First Week after Epiphany

So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest),that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. (Joshua 3:14-16)

January 15, 2013 - Tuesday of the First Week after Epiphany

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; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,that no flesh should glory in His presence. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

January 16, 2013 - Wednesday of the First Week after Epiphany

“You shall not steal.” (The Small Catechism: The Seventh Commandment)

January 17, 2013 - Thursday of the First Week after Epiphany

“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,And will hold Your hand;

January 18, 2013 - The Confession of St. Peter

Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.” Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him. (Mark 8:27-30)

January 19, 2013 - Saturday of the First Week after Epiphany

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah. (Psalm 84:4 from the Introit for Transfiguation)

January 20, 2013 - The Transfiguration of Our Lord

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!”And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.”When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.” (Matthew 17:5-9)

January 21, 2013 - Monday after the Transfiguration

Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’" (Exodus 3:13-14)

January 22, 2013 - Tuesday after the Transfiguration

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1:17-19)

January 23 ,2013 - Wednesday after the Transfiguration

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (The Small Catechism: The Eighth Commandment)

January 24, 2013 - St. Timothy

Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek. And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. (Acts 16:1-5)

January 25, 2013 - The Conversion of St. Paul

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” (Acts 9:15-16)

January 26, 2013 - St. Titus

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. (Acts 20:32)

January 27, 2013 - Septuagesima

And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” (Matthew 20:6)

January 28, 2013 - Monday of Septuagesima

Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the LORD?” (Exodus 17:2)

January 29, 2013 - Tuesday of Septuagesima

But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. (1 Corinthians 10:5)

January 30, 2013 - Wednesday of Septuagesima

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 Small Catechism: The Ninth Commandment)

January 31, 2013 - Thursday of Septuagesima

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (1 Timothy 3:16)

February 1, 2013 - Friday of Septuagesima

The Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. (2 Timothy 4:17)

February 2, 2013 - The Presentation of Our Lord

Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel. (St. Luke 2:29–32, Divine Service: Setting 3)

February 3, 2013 - 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. (St. Luke 8:15)

February 4, 2013 - Monday of Sexagesima

[My word] 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)

February 5, 2013 - Tuesday of Sexagesima

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

February 6, 2013 - Wednesday of Sexagesima

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 Small Catechism: The Tenth Commandment)

February 7, 2013 - Thursday of Sexagesima

The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

February 8, 2013 - Friday of Sexagesima

But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man. (John 2:24–25)

February 9, 2013 - Saturday of Sexagesima

Be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress. Therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:2, from the Introit for Quinquagesima)

February 10, 2013 - Quinquagesima

Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 18:42)

February 11, 2013 - Monday of Quinquagesima

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. (1 Samuel 16:13)

February 12, 2013 - Tuesday of Quinquagesima

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. (1 Corinthians 13:12)