Lenten Reflection 2011

Reflections for the season of Lent for 2011.

April 23, 2011 - Holy Saturday

When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. (Matthew 27:59-60.)

April 22, 2011 - Good Friday

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

April 21, 2011 - Maundy Thursday

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. (John 13:14)

April 20, 2011 - Wednesday of Holy Week

Our Father who art in heaven. What does this mean? With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father. (The Lord's Prayer, Introduction)

April 19, 2011 - Tuesday of Holy Week

Then [the other criminal] said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23:42-43)

April 18, 2011 - Monday of Holy Week

Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him,and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked. (Mark 14:51-52)

April 17, 2011 - Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

"Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.' " (Matthew 21:5)

April 16, 2011 - Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning? (Psalm 22:1 from the Introit for Palm Sunday)

April 15, 2011 - Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all." (Exodus 5:22-23)

April 14, 2011 - Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. (Mark 15:22)

April 13, 2011 - Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

God threatens to punish all who break these commandments. Therefore, we should fear His wrath and not do anything against them. But He promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments. Therefore, we should also love and trust in Him and gladly do what He commands. (The Conclusion of the Commandments)

April 12, 2011 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14)

April 11, 2011 - Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." (Genesis 22:8)

April 10, 2011 - The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (John 8:59)

April 9, 2011 - 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 43:1 from the Introit for Lent 5)

April 8, 2011 - Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (Acts 2:41)

April 7, 2011 - Thursday 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)

April 6, 2011 - Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor's wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty. (The Tenth Commandment)

April 5, 2011 - Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. (Galatians 4:26)

April 4, 2011 - Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

And the children of Israel said to them, "Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger." (Exodus 16:3)

April 3, 2011 - The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.(John 6:4)

April 2, 2011 - 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)

April 1, 2011 - 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)

March 31, 2011 - 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)

March 30, 2011 - Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

You shall not covet your neighbor's house. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it. (The Ninth Commandment)

March 29, 2011 - 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)

March 28, 2011 - 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)

March 27, 2011 - 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)

March 26, 2011 - 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)

March 25, 2011 - The Annunciation of Our Lord

"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)

March 24, 2011 - Thursday of the Second Week in Lent

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5)

March 23, 2011 - Wednesday of the Second Week in Lent

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

March 22, 2011 - 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).

March 21, 2011 - 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)

March 20, 2011 - 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)

March 19, 2011 - St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. (Matthew 1:19)

March 18, 2011 - 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)

March 17, 2011 - St. Patrick, Confessor and Bishop

"His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' (Matthew 25:23)

March 16, 2011 - Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

You shall not steal. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor's money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income. (The Seventh Commandment)

March 15, 2011 - 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)

March 14, 2011 - 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).

March 13, 2011 - 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)

March 12, 2011 - 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)

March 11, 2011 - 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)

March 10, 2011 - Thursday after Ash Wednesday

You shall not commit adultery. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other. (The Sixth Commandment)

March 9, 2011 - Ash Wednesday

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