Trinity Reflections 2008

Reflections for the season of Trinity for 2008.

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November 29, 2008 - Saturday in the Last Week

LORD, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Indeed, you have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Deliver me from all my transgressions; do not make me the reproach of the foolish. (Psalm 39:4–5, 7–8)

November 28, 2008 - Friday in the Last Week

He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:20-21)

November 27, 2008 - Thursday in 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)

November 26, 2008 - Wednesday in the Last Week

To Everyone: The commandments . . . are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Romans 13:9) I urge . . . that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:1) Table of Duties, SC

November 25, 2008 - Tuesday in the 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)

November 24, 2008 - Monday in the Last Week

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, And her people a joy. ” (Isaiah 65:17-18)

November 23, 2008 - The Last Sunday of the Church Year

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. (Matthew 25:10)

November 22, 2008 - Saturday in the 2nd Last Week

Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me | by Your strength.

November 21, 2008 - Friday in the 2nd Last Week

Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. (Daniel 2:17-18)

November 20, 2008 - Thursday in the 2nd Last Week

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (Matthew 28:6)

November 19, 2008 - Wednesday in the 2nd Last Week

To Widows: The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. (1 Timothy 5:5-6) Table of Duties, SC

November 18, 2008 - Tuesday in the 2nd Last Week

“Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:4)

November 17, 2008 - Monday in the 2nd Last Week

“I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.” (Daniel 7:13-14a)

November 16, 2008 - The 2nd Last Sunday of the Church Year

“When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’“ (Matthew 25:38-40)

November 15, 2008 - Saturday of the Third Last Week

For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies. (Psalm 54:7)

November 14, 2008 - Friday of the Third Last Week

But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?"

November 13, 2008 - Thursday of the Third-Last Week

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you…” (Matthew 26:26-27)

November 12, 2008 - Wednesday of the Third Last Week

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. (1 Peter 5:5–6).

November 11, 2008 - Tuesday of the Third Last Week

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

November 10, 2008 - Monday of the Third Last Week

And the LORD said to Moses, "Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. " (Exodus 32:7)

November 9, 2008 - The Third Last Sunday in the Church Year

But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:12-13)

November 8, 2008 - Saturday of the 24th Week after Trinity

O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. (Introit for Third-Last Sunday)

November 7, 2008 - Friday of the 24th Week after Trinity

For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:27)

November 6, 2008 - Thursday of the 24th Week after Trinity

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. (Matthew 23:13)

November 5, 2008 - Wednesday of the 24th Week after Trinity

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. (Ephesians 6:5)

November 4, 2008 - Tuesday of the 24th Week after Trinity

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14 )

November 3, 2008 - Monday of the 24th Week after Trinity

And I have put my words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand, establishing the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, 'You are my people.'" (Isaiah 51:16)

November 2, 2008 - The 24th Sunday after Trinity

Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. (Matthew 9:22)

November 1st , 2008 - Festival of All Saints

“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:12a)

October 31st , 2008 - Festival of the Reformation

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

October 30th , 2008 - Thursday of the 23rd Week after Trinity

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21)

October 29th , 2008 - Wednesday of the 23rd Week after Trinity

To Children: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and your mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise—"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (Ephesians 6:1-3) Table of Duties, SC

October 28th , 2008 - St. Simon and St. Jude

“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)

October 27th , 2008 - Monday of the 23rd Week after Trinity

“That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.” (Proverbs 8:21)

October 26th , 2008 - The 23rd Sunday after Trinity

“Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk.” (Matthew 22:15)

October 25th , 2008 - Saturday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared. (Introit for the 22nd Week after Trinity)

October 24th , 2008 - Friday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Matthew 17:4)

October 23rd , 2008 - St. James of Jerusalem

“Is this not the carpenter’s son?” (Matthew 13:55a)

October 22nd , 2008 - Wednesday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

To Parents: Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4) Table of Duties, SC

October 21st , 2008 - Tuesday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)

October 20th , 2008 - Monday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? (Micah 6:7)

October 19th , 2008 - The 22nd Sunday after Trinity

“Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?” (Matthew 18:33)

October 18, 2008 - St. Luke, Evangelist

Heal the sick and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” (Luke 10:9)

October 17, 2008 - Friday of the 21st Week after Trinity

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field…The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls….The kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind….” (Matthew 13:44,45,47).

October 16, 2008 - Thursday of the 21st Week after Trinity

“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field….” (Matthew 13:24)

October 15, 2008 - Wednesday of the 21st Week after Trinity

Wives, be subject to your husbands as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5: 22; RSV)

October 14, 2008 - Tuesday of the 21st Week after Trinity

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

October 13, 2008 - Monday of the 21st Week after Trinity

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

October 12, 2008 - The 21st Sunday after Trinity

The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. (John 4:50)

October 11, 2008 - Saturday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Torah of the LORD! (Psalm 119:1)

October 10, 2008 - Friday of the 20th Week after Trinity

‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ (Matthew 11:17)

October 9, 2008 - Thursday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Beware lest you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:17)

October 8, 2008 - Wednesday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. (Colossians 3:19)

October 7, 2008 - Tuesday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

October 6, 2008 - Monday of the 20th Week after Trinity

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

October 5, 2008 - The 20th Sunday after Trinity

For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14)

October 4, 2008 - Saturday of the 19th Week after Trinity

We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. As your Name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness. (Psalm 48:9-10)

October 3, 2008 - Friday of the 19th Week after Trinity

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. (Matthew 7:13)

October 2, 2008 - Thursday of the 19th Week after Trinity

Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

October 1, 2008 - Wednesday of the 19th Week after Trinity

Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. (Romans 13:7)

September 30, 2008 - Tuesday of the 19th Week after Trinity

And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! (Genesis 28:12)

September 29, 2008 - St. Michael and All Angels

See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)

September 28, 2008 - The 19th Sunday after Pentecost

When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. (Matthew 9:8)

September 27, 2008 - Saturday of the 18th Week after Trinity

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD! (Psalm 122:1)

September 26, 2008 - Friday of the 18th Week after Trinity

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

September 25, 2008 - Thursday of the 18th Week after Trinity

...so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:7-8)

September 24, 2008 - Wednesday of the 18th Sunday after Trinity

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1)

September 23, 2008 - Tuesday of the 18th Week after Trinity

Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the LORD set His heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. (Deuteronomy 10:14-15)

September 22, 2008 - Monday of the 18th Week after Trinity

And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask Him any more question. (Matthew 22:46)

September 21, 2008 - St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him “Follow me. And he rose and followed him. (Matthew 9:9)

September 20, 2008 - Saturday of the 17th Week after Trinity

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD." (from the Introit for Trinity 18)

September 19, 2008 - Friday of the 17th Week after Trinity

So I answered them, and said to them, "The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem." (Nehemiah 2:20)

September 18, 2008 - Thursday of the 17th Week after Trinity

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, (Ephesians 4:1)

September 17, 2008 - Wednesday of the 17th Week after Trinity

Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. (Table of Duties: To Hearers, Hebrews 13:17)

September 16, 2008 - Tuesday of the 17th Week after Trinity

Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great; (Proverbs 25:6)

September 15, 2008 - Monday of the 17th Week after Trinity

"When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; (Luke 14:8)

September 14, 2008 - Holy Cross Day

"Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." (John 20:31-32)

September 13, 2008 - Saturday of the 16th Week after Trinity

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

September 12, 2008 - Friday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

September 11, 2008 - Thursday of the 16th Week after Trinity

…and 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."For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the LORD our God; they have forsaken Him, have turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the LORD, and turned their backs on Him. (2 Chronicles 29:5-6)

September 10, 2008 - Wednesday of the 16th Week after Trinity

[Bishops must be...] holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. (Titus 1:9; The Table of Duties: To Bishops)

September 9, 2008 - Tuesday of the 16th Week after Trinity

…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height (Ephesians 13:17-18)

September 8, 2008 - Monday 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."Then the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived. (1 Kings 17:21-22)

September 7, 2008 - The 16th Sunday after Trinity

Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us"; and, "God has visited His people." (Luke 7:16)

September 6, 2008 - Saturday of the 15th Week after Trinity

For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. (from the Introit for Trinity 16)

September 5, 2008 - Friday of the 15th Week after Trinity

Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. (Ephesians 4:28)

September 4, 2008 - Thursday of the 15th Week after Trinity

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)

September 3, 2008 - Wednesday of the 15th Sunday after Trinity

Who receives this sacrament worthily?

September 2, 2008 - Tuesday of the 15th Week after Trinity

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:8)

September 1, 2008 - Monday of the 15th Week after Trinity

The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah. (1 Kings 17:16)

August 31, 2008 - The 15th Sunday after Trinity

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)

August 30, 2008 - Saturday of the 14th Week after Trinity

Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; For I am poor and needy. You are my God; Save Your servant who trusts in You! (from the Introit for Trinity 15)

August 29, 2008 - The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Now King Herod heard of [Jesus], for His name had become well known. And he said, "John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him." (Mark 6:14)

August 28, 2008 - Thursday 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)

August 27, 2008 - Wednesday of the 14th Week after Trinity

How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things?

August 26, 2008 - Tuesday of the 14th Week after Trinity

For [My words] are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:22)

August 25, 2008 - Monday of the 14th Week after Trinity

"Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."(Luke 17:18-19)

August 24, 2008 - St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" (John 1:47)

August 23, 2008 - 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; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (from the Introit for Trinity 14)

August 22, 2008 - Friday of the 13th Week after Trinity

So David rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. (1 Kings 2:10)

August 21, 2008 - Thursday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Then she said to him, "My lord, you swore by the LORD your God to your maidservant, saying, 'Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.'So now, look! Adonijah has become king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know about it. (1 Kings 1:17-18)

August 20, 2008 - Wednesday of the 13th Week after Trinity

What is the benefit of this eating and drinking?

August 19, 2008 - Tuesday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16)

August 18, 2008 - 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)

August 17, 2008 - The 13th Sunday after Trinity

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion on him. (Luke 10:33)

August 16, 2008 - Saturday of the 12th Week after Trinity

Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O Lord! (Antiphon for the Introit of Trinity 12)

August 15, 2008 - St. Mary, the Mother of Our Lord

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! Luke 1:42

August 14, 2008 - Thursday of the 12th Week after Trinity

So David said to him, “How was it you were not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the LORD’S anointed?” (2 Samuel 1:14)

August 13, 2008 - Wednesday of the 12th Week after Trinity

What is the benefit of this eating and drinking?

August 12, 2008 - Tuesday of the 12th Week after Trinity

“. . . Our sufficiency is from God . . .” (2 Corinthians 3:5b)

August 11, 2008 - Monday of the 12th Week after Trinity

In that day, the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see (Isaiah 29:18).

August 10, 2008 - The 12th Sunday after Trinity

“. . . [Jesus] put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’” (Mark 7:33b-34)

August 9, 2008 - Saturday of the 11th Week after Trinity

Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O Lord! (Psalm 70:1)

August 8, 2008 - Friday of the 11th Week after Trinity

“. . . God made [Christ Jesus] our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).

August 7, 2008 - Thursday of the 11th Week after Trinity

As long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. (1 Samuel 20:31)

August 6, 2008 - Wednesday of the 11th Week after Trinity

What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and drink.

August 5, 2008 - Tuesday of the 11th Week after Trinity

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received:” (1 Corinthians 15:3)

August 4, 2008 - Monday of the 11th Week after Trinity

“I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord” (Genesis 4:1)

August 3, 2008 - The 11th Sunday after Trinity

“God be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13c).

August 2, 2008 - Saturday of the 10th Week after Trinity

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you. (From the Introit for Trinity 10)

August 1, 2008 - Friday of the 10th Week after Trinity

Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come—that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22-23)

July 31, 2008 - Thursday of the 10th Week after Trinity

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

July 30, 2008 - Wednesday of the 10th Week after Trinity

Which are these? Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments: Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker? Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy? Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome? Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds? Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm? (Confession and the Office of the Keys)

July 29, 2008 - Tuesday of the 10th Week after Trinity

Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:5)

July 28, 2008 - Monday of the 10th Week after Trinity

Why has this people slidden back, Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit, They refuse to return. (Jeremiah 8:5)

July 27, 2008 - The 10th Sunday after Trinity

“If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19: 41)

July 26, 2008 - Saturday of the 9th Week after Trinity

O God, save me, by your name, and vindicate me by your might. (From the Introit for Trinity 9)

July 25, 2008 - St. James the Elder

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)

July 24, 2008 - Thursday of the 9th Week after Trinity

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but 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 10:6)

July 23, 2008 - Wednesday of the 9th Week after Trinity

Which sins are these? Before God we should plead guilty of all sins, even those we are not aware of, as we do in the Lord's Prayer; but before the pastor we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts. (Confession and the Office of the Keys)

July 22, 2008 - St. Mary Magdalene

Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (John 20:1)

July 21, 2008 - Monday of the 9th Week after Trinity

“For You are my lamp, O LORD; The LORD shall enlighten my darkness.” (2 Sam. 22:29)

July 20, 2008 - The 9th Sunday after Trinity

“So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ And he said, “A hundred measures of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’” (Luke 16:5-6)

July 19, 2008 - Saturday of the 8th Week after Trinity

Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your strength. (From the Introit for Trinity 9)

July 18, 2008 - Friday of the 8th Week after Trinity

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)

July 17, 2008 - Thursday of the 8th Week after Trinity

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

July 16, 2008 - Wednesday of the 8th 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. (The Small Catechism, Confession)

July 15, 2008 - Tuesday of the 8th Week after Trinity

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (Romans 8:15-16)

July 14, 2008 - Monday of the 8th Week after Trinity

But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have turned them from their evil ways And from the evil of their doings. (Jeremiah 23:22)

July 13, 2008 - The 8th Sunday after Trinity

Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.(Matthew 7:17)

July 12, 2008 - Saturday of the 7th Week after Trinity

We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple. (from the Introit for Trinity 8)

July 11, 2008 - Friday of the 7th Week after Trinity

Now it came to pass the same night that the LORD said to him, "Take your father's young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it; (Judges 6:25)

July 10, 2008 - Thursday of the 7th Week after Trinity

So he said to Him, "O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house." (Judges 6:15)

July 9, 2008 - Wednesday of the 7th 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.”(The Lord's Prayer, Conclusion)

July 8, 2008 - Tuesday of the 7th Week after Trinity

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

July 7, 2008 - Monday of the 7th Week after Trinity

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)

July 6, 2008 - The 7th Sunday after Trinity

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When Jesus multiplies the bread and fish to feed 4,000 people, He gives the food to His disciples to give to the people. Jesus doesn't walk up to every person so He can hand them a fish sandwich and see if they want His autograph. This is always the way with the Lord: HE accomplishes the miracle. His disciples are given to distribute His miraculous gifts. So the feeding of the 4,000 is a picture of Jesus' church in which His miraculous gifts are given by His preachers to us.

July 5, 2008 - Saturday of the 6th Week after Trinity

For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. (from the Introit for Trinity 7)

July 4, 2008 - Friday of the 6th 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? (Romans 6:1-2)

July 3, 2008 - Thursday of the 6th 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, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven. (Lord's Prayer, Seventh Petition)

July 2, 2008 - The Visitation

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:41)

July 1, 2008 - Tuesday of the 6th 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)

June 30, 2008 - Monday of the 6th Week 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)

June 29, 2008 - St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles

"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

June 28, 2008 - Saturday of the 5th Week after Trinity

To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: Do not be silent to me, Lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. (From the Introit for Trinity 6)

June 27, 2008 - Friday of the 5th Week after Trinity

Then she said, "According to your words, so be it." And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window. (Joshua 2:21)

June 26, 2008 - Thursday of the 5th 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."But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; (1 Peter 3:14-15)

June 25, 2008 - Wednesday of the 5th 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. (The Lord's Prayer, Sixth Petition)

June 24, 2008 - The 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)

June 23, 2008 - Monday of 5th Week after Trinity

Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-12)

June 22, 2008 - The 5th Sunday after Trinity

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!"For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." (Luke 5:8-10)

June 21, 2008 - Saturday of the 4th Week after Trinity

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (From the Introit for Trinity 5)

June 20, 2008 - Friday of the 4th Week after Trinity

" But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?" 40 Then they all cried again, saying, "Not this Man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a robber. (John 18:39-40)

June 19, 2008 - Thursday of the 4th Week after Trinity

Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?" (John 18:10-11)

June 18, 2008 - Wednesday of the 4th Week after Trinity

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 surely deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us. (The Lord's Prayer, Fifth Petition)

June 17, 2008 - Tuesday of the 4th 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)

June 16, 2008 - Monday of the 4th Week after Trinity

Joseph said to [his brother], "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:19, 21)

June 15, 2008 - The 4th 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)

June 14, 2008 - Saturday in 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 Lordall the days of my life.” (Psalm 27:4, from the Introit for Trinity 4)

June 13, 2008 - Friday in the Third Week after Trinity

“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23)

June 12, 2008 - Thursday in the Third Week after Trinity

“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Lord’s Prayer, 4th Petition)

June 11, 2008 - St. Barnabas, Apostle

“And He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two.” (Mark 6:7)

June 10, 2008 - Tuesday in the Third Week after Trinity

“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance?” (Micah 7:18-20)

June 9, 2008 - Monday in the Third Week after Trinity

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8)

June 8, 2008 - Third Sunday after Trinity

“There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7)

June 7, 2008 - Saturday in the 2nd Week after Trinity

“Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted.” (Psalm 25:16, from the Introit for Trinity 3)

June 6, 2008 - Friday in the 2nd Week after Trinity

“The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’” (John 11:44)

June 5, 2008 - Thursday in the 2nd Week after Trinity

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25)

June 4, 2008 - Wednesday in the 2nd Week after Trinity

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Lord’s Prayer, 3rdPetition)

June 3, 2008 - Tuesday in the Second Week after Trinity

“Now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)

June 2, 2008 - Monday in the Second Week after Trinity

“Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.” (Proverbs 9:1-2)

June 1, 2008 - Second Sunday after Trinity

“Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’” (Luke 14:15)

May 31, 2008 - The Eve of the 2nd Sunday after Trinity

“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name.” (Introit for the Second Sunday after Trinity; Psalm 18:1-2, 27, 30, 49)

May 30, 2008 - Friday in the First Week after Trinity

“In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing.” (Ecclesiastes 7:15)

May 29, 2008 - Thursday in the First Week after Trinity

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

May 28, 2008 - Wednesday in the First Week after Trinity

“Thy kingdom come.” (Small Catechism: Second Petition)

May 27, 2008 - Tuesday in the First Week after Trinity

“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

May 26, 2008 - Monday in the First Week after Trinity

“And he believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6)

May 25, 2008 - The First Sunday after Trinity

“They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.” (St. Luke 16:29)

May 24, 2008 - The Eve of the First Sunday after Trinity

“How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?” (Introit for the First Sunday after Trinity; Psalm 13:1)

May 23, 2008 - Friday in the Week of Holy Trinity

“How beautiful and pleasant you are, O loved one, with all your delights.” (Song of Solomon 7:6)

May 22, 2008 - Thursday in the Week of Holy Trinity

“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” (St. John 6:33)

May 21, 2008 - Wednesday in the Week of Holy Trinity

“Hallowed be Thy name.” (Small Catechism: The First Petition)

May 20, 2008 - Tuesday in the Week of Holy Trinity

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!” (Romans 11:33)

May 19, 2008 - Monday in the week of Holy Trinity

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

May 18, 2008 - The Feast of the Holy Trinity

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” (St. John 3:3)

May 17, 2008 - The Eve of the Feast of the Holy Trinity

“Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the Undivided Unity: Let us give glory to Him for He has shown mercy unto us.” (Introit for the Feast of the Holy Trinity)

May 16, 2008 - Friday in the Week of Pentecost

“And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others mocking said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’” (Acts 2:12-13)

May 15, 2008 - Thursday in the Week of Pentecost

“Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:9)

May 14, 2008 - Wednesday in the Week of Pentecost

“Our Father, Who art in heaven.” (Small Catechism: Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer)

May 13, 2008 - Tuesday in the Week of Pentecost

“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” (St. John 10:9)

May 12, 2008 - Monday in the Week of Pentecost

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (St. John 3:17)

May 11, 2008 - The Feast of Pentecost

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (St. John 14:27)