Pre-Lent Reflection 2006

Daily Reflections for the weeks in preparation of the Lenten Fast.

February 20, 2006 - Monday in the Second Week of Pre-Lent

Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. (Isaiah 55:13)

February 19, 2006 - The Second Sunday in Pre-Lent - Sexagesima

As for that in the good soil, they are those who hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (St. Luke 8:15)

February 18, 2006 - Martin Luther, Doctor and Confessor

...so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)

February 21, 2006 - Tuesday in the Second Week of Pre-Lent

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

February 22, 2006 - Wednesday in the Second Week of Pre-Lent

Some people of Jerusalem therefore said, "Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? And here he is speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this man is the Christ? But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from." (St. John 7:25-27)

February 17, 2006 - Friday in the First Week of Pre-Lent

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. (St. John 6:15)

February 16, 2006 - Thursday in the First Week of Pre-Lent

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, (St. John 5:39)

February 23, 2006 - Thursday in the Second Week of Pre-Lent

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink, Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" (St. John 7:37-38)

February 24, 2006 - St. Mathias, Apostle

And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Acts 1:26)

February 15, 2006 - Wednesday in the First Week of Pre-Lent

Truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (St. John 5:24)

February 14, 2006 - Tuesday in the First Week of Pre-Lent

Do you not know than in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. (I Corinthians 9:24)

February 25, 2006 - Saturday in the Second Week of Pre-Lent

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (St. John 8:36)

February 26, 2006 - The Third Sunday in Pre-Lent - Quinquagesima

See we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For He will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging Him, they will kill Him, and on the third day He will rise. (St. Luke 18:31-33)

February 13, 2006 - Monday in the First Week of Pre-Lent

And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"... (Exodus 17:7)

February 12, 2006 - The First Sunday in Pre-Lent - Septuagesima

So the last will be first, and the first last. (St. Matthew 20:16)

February 27, 2006 - Monday in the Third Week of Pre-Lent

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened... (Isaiah 35:5)

February 28, 2006 - Tuesday in the Third Week of Pre-Lent

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:11-12)