Lenten Reflections 2014

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Easter Dawn

"Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?'" (John 20:15a)

Holy Saturday

"So going, they made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and with guards." (Matthew 27:66)

Good Friday

"When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, 'It is accomplished,' and He bowed his head and gave up His Spirit." (John 19:30)

Maundy Thursday

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another," (John 13:34)

Wednesday of Holy Week

"And taking the bread, giving thanks, He broke it and gave it to them saying, 'This is My Body given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.'"

Tuesday of Holy Week

"And he continued to be silent and answered nothing. The High Priest asked him again, 'Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?'" (Mark 14:61)

Monday of Holy Week

"And so Jesus said to them, 'While you have light, believe in the light, so that you will be sons of Light.' When Jesus had said this, He hid Himself from them." (John 12:36)

Palm Sunday and Sunday of the Passion

"And all the people answering, said, 'His blood be on us and our children.'" (Matthew 27:25)

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!"

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and sought to kill him." (Exodus 4:24)

Wednesday of the Fifth 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 Small Catechism, Ninth Commandment)

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"How much more the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, to cleanse our conscience from dead works to the worship of the Living God," (Hebrews 9:14)

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"And Abraham said, 'God Himself will see to the Lamb for the burnt offering, my son.' Going, they both came to the place where God had told him."

Judica: The Fifth Week of Lent

"And so they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and came out of the temple."(John 8:59)

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)

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"And they persisted in the teaching of the apostles and the communion and the breaking of bread and prayers." (Acts 2:42)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"Sing, O Heavens and be joyful, O Earth; break forth, O Mountains, and sing! For the Lord has shown mercy on His people and will encourage his humble people." (Isaiah 49:14)

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way. (The Small Catechism, Eighth Commandment)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"Now this is allegorically two covenants, one is from Mount Sinai bearing children to slavery. She is Hagar." (Galatians 4:24)

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"And so the Lord said to Moses, 'Behold, I am going to rain on you bread from heaven and the people will go out and gather it day to day, that I might test them whether they will walk in my Torah or not.'" (Exodus 16:4)

Laetare: The Fourth Sunday in Lent

"And so Jesus took bread and giving thanks, He broke and gave them to those who were sitting and in the same way fish as much as they wanted." (John 6:11)

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

"Laetare (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." (Isaiah 66:10-11 from the Introit for Lent 4)

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

"And so now make your ways better and your works and hear the voice of the Lord, and the Lord will cease from the evil that he has pronounced against you." (Jeremiah 26:13)

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

"Be imitators of God like loved children and walk in love just as Christ loved us and gave His life for us as a sacrifice to God for a fragrant offering." (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Wednesday of the Third 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 Small Catechism, Seventh Commandment)

The Annunciation of Our Lord

"For nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1:37)

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

"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)

Oculi: The Third Sunday in Lent

"But he said, 'Rather blessed are those who hear the Word of God, and guard it.'" (Luke 11:28)

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)

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

"But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

"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 Small Catechism, Sixth Commandment)

St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus

"And rising, he took the Child and His mother by night and departed to Egypt and was there until the death of Herod." (Matthew 2:14-15a)

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

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

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

"Then he said, 'Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have contended with God and with men and you have won.'"

Reminiscere: The Second Sunday in Lent

"And Jesus answering said to her, 'O woman, great is your faith! Let it happen to you as you wish!' and her daughter was healed at that very hour." (Matthew 15:28)

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, 27 from the Introit for Lent 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 who in all ways has been tempted just like us yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

"And looking around the Philistine saw David and he despised him for he was a boy, ruddy and beautiful in appearance." (1 Samuel 17:42)

Wednesday of the First Week of 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." (The Small Catechism, Fifth Commandment)

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

"Working together with Him, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain." (2 Corinthians 6:1)

Monday of the First Week of Lent

"I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall strike your head, and you will strike His heel."

Invocabit: The First Sunday in Lent

"And Jesus said to him, 'Be gone, Satan, for it is written, "For the Lord your God you shall worship and you shall serve Him only."'" (Matthew 4:10)

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

"He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in time of trouble; 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)

Friday after Ash Wednesday

"Yet, even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart and with fasting, and with weeping, and with wailing..." (Joel 2:12)

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

"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 or other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them." (The Small Catechism, Fourth Commandment)

Ash Wednesday

"But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face..." (Matthew 6:17)