Lenten Reflections 2015

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Ash Wednesday

"Beware of doing your righteousness before men to be seen by them. For then you will have no reward from your Father in Heaven." (St. Matthew 6:1)

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it Holy. (Small Catechism, Third Commandment)

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Tear apart your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and His covenant faithfulness remains forever. (Joel 2:13)

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

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

The First Sunday in Lent

And then Jesus was driven into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (St. Matthew 4:1)

Monday of the First Week of Lent

I will put hostility between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed, He will strike your head and you will strike His heel. (Genesis 3:15)

St. Matthias, Apostle

And they cast lots on them and the lot fell upon Matthias and he was numbered among the eleven Apostles" (Acts 1:26)

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Honor your father and mother so that it might go well with you and you live long in the land the Lord your God is going to give you. (Small Catechism, Fourth Commandment)

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

For he said, "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)

Friday of the First Week of Lent

For we do not have a high priest who is not able to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every way has been tempted as we are but without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

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

Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! May it be done to you as you will!" And her daughter was healed that very hour. (St. Matthew 15:28)

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

And he said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel because you have contended with God and men and won," (Genesis 32:28)

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

For God has not called you for impurity, but in holiness. (1 Thessalonians 4:7)

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

You shall not murder. (Small Catechism, Fifth Commandment)

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

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

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

And they began to discuss with one another that they had no bread. (St. Mark 8:16)

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 He said, "More blessed are the ones who hear the word of God and guard it." (St. Luke 11:25)

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said. (Exodus 8:19)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

And walk in love, just as also Christ loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God of a sweet smell. (Ephesians 5:2)

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

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

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

It may be they listen and every one turn from his evil way, that I may repent of the evil that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds.

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

And they will mock him and spit on him, scourge him, and kill Him. And after three days, he will rise. (St. Mark 10:34)

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; that you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom.

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Jesus thinking that they were about to come to seize Him to make Him King, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself. (St. John 6:15)

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" because they didn't know what it was. And Moses said to them, "This is the bread the Lord has given you to eat." (Exodus 16:15)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

But the Jerusalem above is free and she is our mother.

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Thou shalt not steal. (Small Catechism, Seventh Commandment)

St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus

Now when they departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph saying, "Rise, take the child and His mother and flee to Egypt and remain there until I tell you. For Herod is about to seek the Child to destroy Him." (St. Matthew 2:13)

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Shout for joy, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth; break forth into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion on the 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 for You are the God of my strength; (Psalm 43:1-2 from the Introit for Lent 5)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

And so they picked up stones so that they would throw them at Him. And Jesus hid himself and came out of the temple. (St. John 8:59)

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

On the third day, Abraham lifted His eyes and saw the place from afar.

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, make clean our consciences from dead works to serve of the living God. (Hebrews 9:14)

The Annunciation of Our Lord

For no words are impossible with God. (St. Luke 1:37)

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

You shall not bear false testimony against your neighbor. (Small Catechism, Eighth Commandment)

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a great voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani," which is translated, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?" (St. Mark 15:34)

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me! Save Me from the lion's mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen!"

Palm Sunday and Sunday of the Passion

And the crowds that went before Him and that followed Him cried saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!" (St. Matthew 21:9)

Monday of Holy Week

And so Jesus said, "You leave her, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial for the poor you will have always, but you will not always have Me." (St. John 12:7-8)

Tuesday of Holy Week

But he said emphatically, "If I must die with you, I will never deny you." They all said the same. (St. Mark 14:31)

Wednesday of Holy Week

And likewise also the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new testament in my blood which is poured out for you. (St. Luke 22:20)

Maundy Thursday

"A new command I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, so you also love one another." (St. John 13:34)

Good Friday

"But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear and immediately blood and water came out." (St. John 19:34)

Holy Saturday

And Joseph taking the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb which had been hewn out of rock. Rolling a great stone at the entrance of the tomb, he went away. (St. Matthew 27:58-59)

The Resurrection of our Lord

And Jesus said to her, "Mary," She turned and said to Him, "Rabonni," which means "teacher." (St. John 20:16)