Lenten Reflections 2016

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Ash Wednesday

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it. (The Small Catechism, The Third Commandment)

Friday after Ash Wednesday

So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. (Jonah 3:5)

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. (Psalm 91:15 from the Introit for Lent 1)

The First Sunday in Lent

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. (Matthew 4:3)

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21).

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (2 Corinthians 6:1)

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Honor your father and your mother. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them. (The Small Catechism, The Fourth Commandment)

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. (1 Samuel 17:51)

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

"Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your covenant faithfulness, for they are from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!" (Psalm 25:6 from the Introit for Lent 2)

The Second Sunday in Lent

And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." (Matthew 15:27)

Monday of the Second Week in Lent

And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!" (Genesis 32:26)

Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

St. Matthias, Apostle

"And they cast lots for them and the lot fell on Matthias and he was added to the eleven apostles." (Acts 1:26)

Thursday of the Second Week in Lent

You shall not murder. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need. (Small Catechism: The Fifth Commandment)

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death. (Genesis 24:67)

Saturday of the Second Week in Lent

To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. (Psalm 25:1-2 from the Introit for Lent 3)

The Third Sunday in Lent

And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. (Luke 11:14)

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the LORD had said. (Exodus 8:19)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (Ephesians 5:2)

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. One man and one woman, united for life--a picture of Christ and His bride, the church. That's marriage as the Lord defines it. But look around. It's hard to see that. Hard to see the Lord's plan for marriage when so many marriages end in divorce. When people all around you are casually hooking up. When genders and orientations are whatever people want them to be. When just a few mouse clicks give you access to things no one should see or think of. And the Lord wants you to remain pure until you're married and then marry for life? The temptations seem almost too great.

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, 'This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant'?" And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD. (Jeremiah 26:9)

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again." (Mark 10:33-34)

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD." (Psalm 122:1 from the Introit for Lent 4)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Jesus, knowing that they were going to come and seize Him that they might make Him king, departed again into the same mountain alone. (John 1:15)

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

When they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. (Exodus 16:18 NKJV)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Therefore, brothers, we are not children of a slave girl but of the free woman. (Galatians 4:31)

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"...but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income." (Small Catechism, Seventh Commandment)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

For the LORD has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted. (Isaiah 49:13)

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall never ever pass away. (Mark 13:31)

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm 43:4-5 NKJV, from the Introit for Lent 5)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

"Truly, truly I say to you, 'If anyone cherishes My Word, he will never see death forever.'" (John 8:51)

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Abraham said, "God is Himself watching the sheep for the offering, my son." (Genesis 22:8)

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"...but through His own blood He entered once and for all into the Holy Place, securing eternal redemption." (Hebrews 9:12)

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"...and explain everything in the kindest way." (The Small Catechism, Eighth Commandment)

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Those who passed by blasphemed Him, shaking their heads and saying, "Ha! O Temple Destroyer and Three-Day Builder, save Yourself by coming down from the cross!" (Mark 15:29-30)

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Then Yahweh said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh." (Exodus 6:1)

St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus

...to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I called My Son." (Matthew 2:15)

Palm Sunday and Sunday of the Passion

[The chief priests and the elders] said, "What's that to us? You see to it." (Matthew 27:4)

Monday of Holy Week

[The Greeks said to Philipp], "Sir, we want to see Jesus." Jesus answered, "The hour has come that the Son of Man be glorified." (John 12:21, 23)

Tuesday of Holy Week

"She has anointed My body for burial ahead of time." (Mark 14:8)

Wednesday of Holy Week

They all said, "Are You the Son of God?" So He said to them, "You yourselves are saying I AM." Then they said, "Why do we still need witnesses? For we all heard it from His mouth." (Luke 22:70-71)

Maundy Thursday

Jesus said to Him, "He who's bathed doesn't need anything except to wash his feet, but he's completely clean. And you are clean, but not all" (John 13:10)

Good Friday

Jesus said, "It is finished!" Then bowing His head, He handed over His spirit. (John 19:30)

Holy Saturday

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1, from the Introit for Easter Day)