Epiphany Reflections 2014

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February 15, 2014 - Saturday of Transfiguration

The cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord. From His temple He heard my voice. (Psalm 18:5-6a from the Introit for Septuagesima)

February 14, 2014 - Friday of Transfiguration

When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” (St. John 5:6)

February 13, 2014 - Thursday of Transfiguration

And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3:6)

February 12, 2014 - Wednesday of Transfiguration

You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love and trust in God above all things. (The Small Catechism, First Commandment)

February 11, 2014 - Tuesday of Transfiguration

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2 Peter 1:16)

February 10, 2014 - Monday of Transfiguration

And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. (Exodus 34:33)

February 9, 2014 - The Transfiguration of Our Lord

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Matthew 17:5)

February 8, 2014 - Saturday of the Fourth Week after Epiphany

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord. (Introit for Transfiguration, Psalm 84:1)

February 7, 2014 - Friday of the Fourth Week after Epiphany

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:22-23)

February 6, 2014 - Thursday of the Fourth Week after Epiphany

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10)

February 5, 2014 - Wednesday of the Fourth Week after Epiphany

In this Christian Church He daily and richly forgives my sins and the sins of all believers. (Small Catechism,The Creed,Third Article)

February 4, 2014 - Tuesday of the Fourth Week after Epiphany

And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17)

February 3, 2014 - Monday of the Fourth Week after Epiphany

And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” (Matthew 8:25)

February 2, 2014 - The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord

Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; (Luke 2:29)

February 1, 2014 - Saturday of the Third Week after Epiphany

They see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. For He commands the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. (Psalm 107:24, Introit for Epiphany 4 )

January 31, 2014 - Friday of the Third Week after Epiphany

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith .” (Romans 1:16-17)

January 30, 2014 - Thursday of the Third Week after Epiphany

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

January 29, 2014 - Wednesday of the Third Week after Epiphany

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. (Small Catechism, The Creed, Third Article)

January 28, 2014 - Tuesday of the Third Week after Epiphany

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 5:14)

January 27, 2014 - Monday of the Third Week after Epiphany

But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Matthew 8:8-9)

January 26, 2014 - St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Titus 1:9)

January 25, 2014 - The Conversion of St. Paul

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.” (Acts 9:15)

January 24, 2014 - St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor

Paul came also to Derbe and Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. (Acts 16:1)

January 23, 2014 - Thursday of the Second Week after Epiphany

This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:32)

January 22, 2014 - Wednesday of the Second Week after Epiphany

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. (Small Catechism, The Creed, Third Article)

January 21, 2014 - Tuesday of the Second Week after Epiphany

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9)

January 20, 2014 - Monday of the Second Week after Epiphany

"Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” (Exodus 33:22)

January 19, 2014 - The Second Sunday after Epiphany

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5)

January 18, 2014 - The Confession of St. Peter

Then He said to them, “Truly I continue to say to all of you that there remain some of the ones standing here who may have definitely not tasted death until after beholding the Kingdom of God having come in power. (Mark 9:1, author’s translation).

January 17, 2014 - Friday of the First Week after Epiphany

Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.” (I Kings 8:12, ESV )

January 16, 2014 - Thursday of the First Week after 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, NKJV)

January 15, 2014 - Wednesday of the First Week after Epiphany

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4, NASB).

January 14, 2014 - Tuesday of the First Week after Epiphany

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called (I Corinthians 1:26, NKJV).

January 13, 2014 - Monday of the First Week after Epiphany

And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you . (Joshua 3:7, NKJV )

January 12, 2014 - The First Sunday after Epiphany

But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him. (Matthew 3:15, NASB )

January 11, 2014 - Saturday after Epiphany

I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him, (Psalm 89:20 from the Introit for the Baptism of Our Lord)

January 10, 2014 - Friday after Epiphany

For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God. (Romans 2:28-29)

January 9, 2014 - Thursday after Epiphany

The Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, (Ephesians 3:6)

January 8, 2014 - Wednesday after Epiphany

[He] has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death., (The Creed, Second Article)

January 7, 2014 - Tuesday after Epiphany

The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:3)

January 6, 2014 - The Epiphany of Our Lord

So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.'" (Matthew 2:5-6)