Lenten Reflections 2017

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Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me?" (Psalm 22:1)

Ash Wednesday

"And when you fast, do not be sullen like the hypocrites, for they try to make their faces look miserable that their fasting may be seen by others. Amen, I say, they have received their reward," (Matthew 6:16)

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

"I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from all eternity and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord."

Friday after Ash Wednesday

"'Yet even now,' declares the Lord, 'Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with morning, and rend your heart and not your garments.'" (Joel 2:12-13a)

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

"He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation." (Psalm 91:15-16 from the Introit for Lent 1)

The First Sunday in Lent

"Then Jesus said to Him, 'Go away, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve.'" (Matthew 4:10)

Monday of the First Week of Lent

"But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, 'Where are you?'"

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

"For He says, 'In the right time, I heard you and in the day of salvation I helped you.' Behold now is the acceptable time. Behold now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2)

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

".. who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and the power of the devil."

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 similarities as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4;15)

Friday of the First Week of Lent

"Then David said to the Philistine, 'You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Sabaoth, the God of the armies of Israel...'" (1 Samuel 17:45)

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

"Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving-kindnesses, 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, 2 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 of 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 of Lent

For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. (1 Thessalonians 4:7)

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

...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: Second Article, Part 3)

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1)

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Then He charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." (Mark 8:15)

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

My eyes are ever toward the Lord, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted. (Psalm 25:15-16 from the Introit for Lent 3)

The Third Sunday in Lent

But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Luke 11:20)

St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him." (Matthew 2;13)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) (Ephesians 5:8-9)

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

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: Third Article, Part 1)

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

But know for certain that if you put me to death, you will surely bring innocent blood on yourselves, on this city, and on its inhabitants; for truly the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing." (Jeremiah 26:15)

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast. 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 8:18-19)

The Annunciation

He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. (Luke 1:32)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. (John 6:15)

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.'" (Exodus 16:12)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. (Galatians 4;21-22)

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

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. 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: Third Article, Part 2)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. (Acts 2:44-45)

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted. (Isaiah 49:13)

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation; Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! (Psalm 43:12 from the Introit for Lent 5)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

"Amen, Amen, I say to you, if anyone treasures My Words, He will not see death to all eternity." (John 8:51)

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"Abraham said, 'God will provide for Himself the lamb for the offering, my son." So they both went together." (Genesis 22:8)

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"How much more will the Blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God." (Hebrews 9:14)

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"We should fear, love, and trust in God in above all things." (The Small Catechism: The First Commandment)

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"Then you say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, 'Let my son go that he may serve Me.' If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.'" (Exodus 4:23-24)

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, "O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?" (Exodus 5:22) 

Palm Sunday and Sunday of the Passion

"And the crowds that went before Him and those following after shouted saying, 'Hosanna to the Son of the David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest!" (Matthew 21:9)

Monday of Holy Week

"And Jesus answered saying to them, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." (John 12:29)

Tuesday of Holy Week

"But [Peter] said with great emphasis, 'Even if it is necessary for me to die with you, I will never deny you.' And they all said likewise." (Mark 14:31)

Wednesday of Holy Week

"And Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.' And they cast lots to take his clothes." (Luke 23:34)

Maundy Thursday

"And so if I, your teacher and your Lord, wash your feet, you also should wash one another's feet." (John 13:14)

Good Friday

"And they answered and said to Him, "If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered Him over to you."(John 18:26)

Holy Saturday

"The next day, which is after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, 'Sir, we remember how that deceiver while He was still alive, 'After three days.'" (Matthew 27:63)