Trinity Reflections 2015

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Tuesday of the Week of Pentecost

And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)

Wednesday of the Week of Pentecost

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 as their dear father. (Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer, Introduction)

Thursday of the Week of Pentecost

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Friday of the Week of Pentecost

Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:17)

Saturday of the Week of Pentecost

Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the Undivided Unity. Let us give glory to Him For He has shown mercy unto us. (Liturgical Text from the Introit for Trinity)

Holy Trinity

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)

Monday of the Week of Trinity

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory! (Isaiah 6:3)

Tuesday of the Week of Trinity

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

Wednesday of the Week of Trinity

How is God's name kept holy? God's name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we, as the children of God, also lead holy lives according to it. Help us to do this dear Father in heaven! But anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God's Word profanes the name of God among us. Protect us from this, heavenly Father! (Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer, First Petition)

Thursday of the Week of Trinity

And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.  (John 6:11)

Friday of the Week of Trinity

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." (John 6:35)

Saturday of the Week of Trinity

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death. (Psalm 13:3 from the Introit for Trinity 1)

The First Sunday After Trinity

But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'" (Luke 16:31)

Monday of the First Week After Trinity

Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be. And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:4-5)

Tuesday of the First Week After Trinity

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)

Wednesday of the First Week After Trinity

How does God's kingdom come? God's kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time and there in eternity. (Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer, Second Petition)

St. Barnabas, Apostle

When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.  For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. (Acts 11:23-24)

Friday of the First Week After Trinity

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)

Saturday of the First Week After Trinity

The Lord was my support. In the day of my calamity. He brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. (Psalm 18:18-19 from the Introit for Trinity 2)

The Second Sunday After Trinity

Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread[c] in the kingdom of God!" (Luke 14:15)

Monday of the Second Week After Trinity

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

Tuesday of the Second Week After Trinity

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16)

Wednesday of the Second Week After Trinity

How is God's will done? God's will is done when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want to hallow God's name or let His kingdom come; and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His word and faith until we die. This is his good and gracious will. (Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer, Third Petition)

Thursday of the Second Week After Trinity

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:19-20)

Friday of the Second Week After Trinity

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.  (John 11:25-26)

Saturday of the Second Week After Trinity

Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted. Look on my affliction and my pain and forgive all my sins. (Psalm 25:16 from the Introit for Trinity 3)

The Third Sunday After Trinity

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7)

Monday of the Third Week After Trinity

Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy. (Micah 7:18)

Tuesday of the Third Week After Trinity

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9)

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

"And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins. (Luke 1:76-77)

Thursday of the Third Week After Trinity

What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. (Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer, Fourth Petition)

Friday of the Third Week After Trinity

And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. (Luke 15:21-22)

Saturday of the Third Week After Trinity

One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. (Psalm 27:4 from the Introit for Trinity 4)

The Fourth Sunday After Trinity

"Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)

St. Peter and St. Paul

But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. (Galatians 2:7-9)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week After Trinity

Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? (Genesis 50:19)

Wednesday of the Fourth Week After Trinity

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. What does this mean? We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and indeed deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us. (Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer, Fifth Petition)

The Visitation

But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1:43)

Friday of the Fourth Week After Trinity

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

Saturday of the Fourth Week After Trinity

Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. (Psalm 27:11 from the Introit for Trinity 5)

Pentecost

 "These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:25-26)

Monday of the Week of Pentecost

Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:9)

The Fifth Sunday After Trinity

But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net." (Luke 5:5)

Monday of the Fifth Week After Trinity

Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him." (1 Kings 19:11)

Tuesday of the Fifth Week After Trinity

But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled." (1 Peter 3:14)

Wednesday of the Fifth Week After Trinity

And lead us not into temptation. What does this mean? God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory. (Small Catechism: Lord's Prayer, Sixth Petition)

Thursday of the Fifth Week After Trinity

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Friday of the Fifth Week After Trinity

And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit." (Acts 8:18-19)

Saturday of the Fifth Week After Trinity

Hear the voice of my supplications When I cry to You, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary. (Psalm 28:2 from the Introit for Trinity 6)

The Sixth Sunday After Trinity

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)

Monday of the Sixth Week After Trinity

"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. "You shall have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:2-3)

Tuesday of the Sixth Week After Trinity

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? (Romans 6:1-3)

Wednesday of the Sixth Week After Trinity

But deliver us from evil. What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, gives us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to himself in heaven. (Small Catechism: Lord's Prayer, Seventh Petition)

Thursday of the Sixth Week After Trinity

To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins. (Acts 10:43)

Friday of the Sixth Week After Trinity

When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life." (Acts 11:18)

Saturday of the Sixth Week After Trinity

God will subdue the peoples under us, And the nations under our feet. (Psalm 47:3 from the Introit for Trinity 7)

The Seventh Sunday After Trinity

His disciples answered Him, "How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?" (Mark 8:4)

Monday of the Seventh Week After Trinity

The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. (Genesis 2:8)

Tuesday of the Seventh Week After Trinity

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. (John 20:18)

Thursday of the Seventh Week After Trinity

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. What does this mean? This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven, and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us. Amen, amen means "yes, yes, it shall be so." (Small Catechism: Lord's Prayer, Conclusion)

Friday of the Seventh Week After Trinity

The LORD said to him, "Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die." (Judges 6:23)

James the Elder, Apostle

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

The Eighth Sunday After Trinity

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

Monday of the Eighth Week After Trinity

"Am I a God near at hand," says the LORD, "And not a God afar off?" "Is not My word like a fire?" says the LORD, "And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?" (Jeremiah 23:23, 29)

Tuesday of the Eighth Week After Trinity

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. (Rom 8:16-17)

Wednesday of the Eighth Week After Trinity

What is Confession? Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven. (Small Catechism: Confession)

Thursday of the Eighth Week After Trinity

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. (Acts 20:28)

Friday of the Eighth Week After Trinity

So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son. (1 Samuel 1:20)

Saturday of the Eighth Week After Trinity

Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your strength. (Psalm 54:1, Introit for Trinity 9)

The Ninth Sunday After Trinity

The master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. (Luke 16:8)

Monday of the Ninth Week After Trinity

For by You I can run against a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall. (2 Samuel 22:30)

Tuesday of the Ninth Week After Trinity

God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Wednesday of the Ninth Week After Trinity

What do you believe according to these words? I believe that when the called ministers of Christ deal with us by His divine command, in particular when they exclude openly unrepentant sinners from the Christian congregation and absolve those who repent of their sins and want to do better, this is just as valid and certain, even in heaven, as if Christ our dear Lord dealt with us Himself. (Small Catechism: Office of the Keys)

Thursday of the Ninth Week After Trinity

And Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. Then Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him. (1 Samuel 7:9)

Friday of the Ninth Week After Trinity

"No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles." (1 Samuel 8:19-20)

Saturday of the Ninth Week After Trinity

As for me, I will call upon God, and He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace. (Psalm 55:16, 18, Introit for Trinity 10)

The Tenth Sunday After Trinity

He saw the city and wept over it, saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace!" (Luke 19:41-42)

Monday of the Tenth Week After Trinity

"Even the stork in the heavens Knows her appointed times; And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow Observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the judgment of the LORD." (Jeremiah 8:7)

Tuesday of the Tenth Week After Trinity

No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)

Wednesday of the Tenth Week After Trinity

What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. (Small Catechism: Sacrament of the Altar, Part 1)

Thursday of the Tenth Week After Trinity

Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, "We are delivered to do all these abominations"? (Jeremiah 7:9-10)

Friday of the Tenth Week After Trinity

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)

Mary, Mother of Our Lord

Why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1:43)

Saturday of the 16th Week After Trinity

Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, And teach me Your statutes. (Psalm 119:124 from the Introit for Trinity 17)

The 11thSunday After Trinity

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' (Luke 18:13)

Monday of the 11thWeek After Trinity

When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth." (Genesis 4:12)

Tuesday of the 11thWeek After Trinity

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain.(1 Corinthians 15:1-2).

Wednesday of the 11thWeek After Trinity

Where is this written? The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul write: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: "Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me." In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."(Small Catechism: Sacrament of the Altar, Part 2)

Thursday of the 11thWeek After Trinity

"Far be it from you! If I knew that it was determined by my father that harm should come to you, would I not tell you?"(1 Samuel 20:9).

Friday of the 11thWeek After Trinity

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart." (1 Corinthians 1:18-19).

Saturday of the 11thWeek After Trinity

He said to David, "You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil.(1 Samuel 24:17).

The 12th Sunday After Trinity

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.(1 Corinthians 3:5-6)

St. Bartholomew, Apostle

A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. (Luke 22:24)

Tuesday of the 12th Week After Trinity

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans (1 Corinthians 5:1).

Wednesday of the 12th Week After Trinity

What is the benefit of such eating and drinking? Answer: That is shown us in these words, "Given for you" and "shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." This means that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. (Catechism: Sacrament of the Altar, Part 3)

Thursday of the 12th Week After Trinity

Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and mistreat me." But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it.(1 Samuel 31:4).

Friday of the 12th Week After Trinity

"Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." (Romans 10:11)

The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

And she went out and said to her mother, "For what should I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptizer." (Mark 6:24)

The 13th Sunday After Trinity

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" (Luke 10:29)

Monday of the 13th Week After Trinity

Then the men who were designated by name rose up and took the captives, and from the spoil they clothed all who were naked among them, dressed them and gave them sandals, gave them food and drink, and anointed them; and they let all the feeble ones ride on donkeys. So they brought them to their brethren at Jericho, the city of palm trees. Then they returned to Samaria. (2 Chronicles 28:15)

Tuesday of the 13th Week After Trinity

Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:21-22)

Wednesday of the 13th Week After Trinity

How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things? Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: "forgiveness of sins." (Small Catechism: The Sacrament of the Altar, Part 4)

Thursday of the 13th Week After Trinity

So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die." (2 Samuel 12:13-14)

Friday of the 13th Week After Trinity

The king also said to them, "Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon. There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, 'Long live King Solomon!' Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, and he shall be king in my place. For I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah." (1 Kings 1:33-35)

Saturday of the 13th Week After Trinity

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; (Psalm 84:1-2 from the Introit for Trinity 14)

The 14th Sunday After Trinity

When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." (Luke 7:13)

Monday of the 14th Week After Trinity

My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

Tuesday of the 14th Week After Trinity

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:17)

Wednesday of the 14th Week After Trinity

Who receives this Sacrament worthily? Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words, "for you" require all hearts to believe. (Small Catechism: The Sacrament of the Altar, Part 5)

Thursday of the 14th Week After Trinity

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Friday of the 14th Week After Trinity

For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

Saturday of the 14th Week After Trinity

Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications. (Psalm 86:6 from the Introit for Trinity 15)

The 15th Sunday After Trinity

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26)

Holy Cross Day

"Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify it again." (John 12:27-28)

Tuesday of the 15th Week After Trinity

And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.'"(1 Kings 17:13-14)

Wednesday of the 15th Week After Trinity

1. Do you believer that you are a sinner? Yes, I believe it. I am a sinner. 2. How do you know this? From the Ten Commandments, which I have not kept. (Catechism: Christian Questions 1-2)

Thursday of the 15th Week After Trinity

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

Friday of the 15th Week After Trinity

And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?" Elisha said, "Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me." (2 Kings 2:9)

Saturday of the 15th Week After Trinity

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. (Psalm 86:5 from the Introit for Trinity 16)

The 16th Sunday After Trinity

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. (Luke 17:15-16)

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" (Matthew 9:11)

Tuesday of the 16th Week After Trinity

And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the LORD and said, "O LORD my God, I pray, let this child's soul come back to him." (1 Kings 17:21)

Wednesday of the 16th Week After Trinity

3. Are you sorry for your sins? Yes, I am sorry that I have sinned against God. 4. What have you deserved from God because of your sins? His wrath and displeasure, temporal death, and eternal damnation. See Romans 6:21, 23. (Small Catechism: Christian Questions 3-4)

Thursday of the 16th Week After Trinity

...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man... (Ephesians 3:16)

Friday of the 16th Week After Trinity

[Hezekiah] said to them: "Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place." (2 Chronicles 29:5)

The 17th Sunday After Trinity

"Friend, move up higher" (Luke 14:10)

Monday of the 17th Week After Trinity

Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. (Proverbs 25:6-7)

St. Michael and All Angels

And he said to them, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (Luke 10:18)

Wednesday of the 17th Week After Trinity

Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:8b)

Thursday of the 17th Week After Trinity

Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. (Ephesians 4:1b)

Friday of the 17th Week After Trinity

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

Saturday of the 17th Week After Trinity

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." (Psalm 122:1 from the Introit for Trinity 18)

The 18th Sunday After Trinity

What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he? (Matthew 22:42)

Monday of the 18th Week After Trinity

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. (Deuteronomy 10:17)

Tuesday of the 18th Week After Trinity

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:3)

Wednesday of the 18th Week After Trinity

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. (Matthew 9:35)

Thursday of the 18th Week After Trinity

For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew 10:20)

Friday of the 18th Week After Trinity

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:38-39)

Saturday of the 18th Week After Trinity

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! (Psalm 78:1 from the Introit for Trinity19)

The 19th Sunday After Trinity

Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." (Matthew 9:2)

Monday of the 19th Week After Trinity

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it." And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!" (Genesis 28:16-17)

Tuesday of the 19th Week After Trinity

...that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Wednesday of the 19th Week After Trinity

9. What has Christ done for you that you trust in Him? He died for me and shed His blood for me on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. 10. Did the Father also die for you? He did not. The Father is God only, as is the Holy Spirit; but the Son is both true God and true man. He died for me and shed His blood for me. (Small Catechism, Christian Questions and Their Answers)

Thursday of the 19th Week After Trinity

You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. (Deuteronomy 13:4)

Friday of the 19th Week After Trinity

For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. (Deuteronomy 14:2)

Saturday of the 19th Week After Trinity

We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple. (Psalm 48:9 from the Introit for Trinity 20)

St. Luke, Evangelist

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. (Luke 10:1)

Monday of the 20th Week After Trinity

"But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless." (Matthew 22:11-12)

Tuesday of the 20th Week After Trinity

Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. (Isaiah 55:2)

Wednesday of the 20th Week After Trinity

11. How do you know this? From the Holy Gospel, from the words instituting the Sacrament, and by His body and blood given me as a pledge in the Sacrament. 12.What are the Words of Institution?

Thursday of the 20th Week After Trinity

...giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,... (Ephesians 5:20)

St. James of Jerusalem, Brother of Jesus and Martyr

Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God (Acts 15:19)

Saturday of the 20th Week After Trinity

Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You. (Psalm 119:38 from the Introit for Trinity 21)

The 21st Week After Trinity

So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." And he himself believed, and his whole household. (John 4:53)

Monday of the 21st Week After Trinity

Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

Tuesday of the 21st Week After Trinity

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Ephesians 6:17)

St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19)

Thursday of the 21st Week After Trinity

13. Do you believe, then, that the true body and blood of Christ are in the Sacrament? Yes, I believe it. 14. What convinces you to believe this? The word of Christ: Take, eat, this is My body; drink of it, all of you, this is My blood. (Small Catechism, Christian Questions with Their Answers)

Friday of the 21st Week After Trinity

For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands. (Deuteronomy 31:29)

Reformation Day

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. (Romans 3:21-22)

All Saints' Day

[And there were] crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" (Revelation 7:10)

Monday of the 22nd Week After Trinity

Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22)

Tuesday of the 22nd Week After Trinity

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Wednesday of the 22nd Week After Trinity

15. What should we do when we eat His body and drink His blood, and in this way receive His pledge? We should remember and proclaim His death and the shedding of His blood, as He taught us: This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. 16. Why should we remember and proclaim His death? First, so we may learn to believe that no creature could make satisfaction for our sins. Only Christ, true God and man, could do that Second, so we may learn to be horrified by our sins, and to regard them as very serious. Third, so we may find joy and comfort in Christ alone, and through faith in Him be saved. (Small Catechism: Christian Questions with Their Answers)

Thursday of the 22nd Week After Trinity

...being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; (Philippians 1:6)

Friday of the 22nd Week After Trinity

"I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a den of jackals. I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant." (Jeremiah 9:11)

Saturday of the 22nd Week After Trinity

Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. (Psalm 31:5 from the Introit for the Third-Last Sunday)

The Third-Last Sunday in the Church Year

"Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. (Matthew 24:23-25)

Monday of the Third-Last Week

Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, 'He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. (Exodus 32:12)

Tuesday of the Third-Last Week

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

Wednesday of the Third-Last Week

17. What motivated Christ to die and make full payment for your sins?

Thursday of the Third-Last Week

And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:26-27)

Friday of the Third-Last Week

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one! (Job 14:4)

Saturday of the Third-Last Week

For He has delivered me out of all trouble; And my eye has seen its desire upon my enemies. (Psalm 54:7 from the Introit for the Second-Last Sunday)

The Second-Last Sunday in the Church Year

"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? (Matthew 25:37)

Monday of the Second-Last Week

A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. (Daniel 7:10)

Tuesday of the Second-Last Week

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

Wednesday of the Second-Last Week

19. What should admonish and encourage a Christian to receive the Sacrament frequently? First, both the command and the promise of Christ the Lord. Second, his own pressing need, because of which the command and promise are given. 20. But what should you do if you are not aware of this need and have no hunger and thirst for the Sacrament? To such a person no better advice can be given than this: first, he should touch his body to see if he still has flesh and blood. Then he should believe what the Scriptures say of it in Galatians 5 and Romans 7. Second, he should look around to see whether he is still in the world, and remember that there will be no lack of sin and trouble as the Scriptures say in John 15-16 and in 1 John 2 and 5. Third, he will certainly have the devil also around him, who with his lying and murdering day and night will let him have no peace, within or without, as the Scriptures picture him in John 8 and 16; 1 Peter 5; Ephesians 6; and 2 Timothy 2. (Small Catechism, Christian Questions with Their Answers)

Thursday of the Second-Last Week

Thus says the LORD: 'This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which shall take it.' (Jeremiah 38:3)

Friday of the Second-Last Week

And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. (Daniel 1:20)

Saturday of the Second-Last Week

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:10 from the Introit for the Last Sunday in the Church Year.)

Last Sunday of the Church Year

"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." (Matthew 25:13)

Monday of the Last Week

"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17)

Tuesday of the Last Week

Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Wednesday of the Last Week

Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen. (Small Catechism, from Luther's Morning and Evening Prayers)

Thursday of the Last Week

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. (Revelation 22:1-4)

Friday of the Last Week

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Saturday of the Last Week

To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. (Psalm 25:1 from the Introit for Advent 1)