Lenten Reflections 2017

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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)