Trinity Reflections 2014

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Saturday of the Last Week in the Church Year

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Let no one who waits on You be ashamed. (Psalm 25:1-3a, from the Introit for Advent 1)

Friday of the Last Week in the Church Year

But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:15-16)

Thursday of the Last Week in the Church Year

"Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Wednesday of the Last Week in the Church Year

For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.(Small Catechism, Morning and Evening Prayers)

Tuesday of the Last Week in the Church Year

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. (1 Thess. 5:1-2)

Monday of the Last Week in the Church Year

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

The Last Sunday in the Church Year

But at midnight there was a cry, "Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him." (Matthew 25:6)

Saturday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

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))

Friday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

And he called out with a mighty voice, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. (Revelation 18:2)

Thursday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. (Daniel 1:17)

Wednesday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

Finally, why do you wish to go to the Sacrament? That I may learn to believe that Christ, out of great love, died for my sin, and also learn from Him to love God and my neighbor.(Small Catechism, Christian Questions with their Answers #18)

Tuesday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

Monday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

"With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? (Micah 6:6a)

The 22nd Sunday after Trinity

Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Saturday of the 21st 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. (Psalm 130:3-4 from the Introit for Trinity 22)

Friday of the 21st Week after Trinity

He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." (Matthew 26:39)

Thursday of the 21st Week after Trinity

Peter said to Him, "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" And so said all the disciples. (Matthew 26:35)

Wednesday 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?

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)

Monday of the 21st 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)

The 21stSunday 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)

Saturday of the 20thWeek after Trinity

Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness. (Psalm 119:40 from the Introit for Trinity 21)

Friday of the 20thWeek after Trinity

"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." (Matthew 24:23)

Thursday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' (Matthew 21:37)

Wednesday of the 20th 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. 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? 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, Christian Questions 9-12)

Tuesday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15)

Monday of the 20th Week after Trinity

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8)

The 20th Sunday after Trinity

So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. (Matthew 22:10)

All Saints' Day

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)

Reformation Day

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

Thursday of the 19th Week after Trinity

"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4;26-27)

Wednesday of the 19th Week after Trinity

5. Do you hope to be saved? Yes, that is my hope. 6. In whom, then, do you trust? In my dear Lord Jesus Christ. 7. Who is Christ? The Son of God, true God and man. 8. How many Gods are there? Only one, but there are three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Small Catechism Christian Questions 5-8.)

St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles

Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. (John 15:20)

Monday of the 19th Week after Trinity

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you." (Genesis 28:15)

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)

Saturday of the 18th Week after Trinity

We will tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. (Psalm 78:4 from the Introit for Trinity 19)

Friday of the 18th Week after Trinity

But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist. (Matthew 17:12-13)

St. James of Jerusalem, Brother of Jesus and Martyr

But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house." (Matthew 13:57)

Wednesday of the 18th Week after Trinity

1. Do you believer that you are a sinner? Yes, I believe it. I am a sinner.

Tuesday of the 18th Week after Trinity

You come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:7-8)

Monday of the 18th Week after Trinity

"And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)

The 18th Sunday after Trinity

"On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:40)

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)

Friday of the 17th Week after Trinity

You shall sacrifice the Passover at twilight, at the going down of the sun, at the time you came out of Egypt. And you shall roast and eat it in the place which the LORD your God chooses, (Deuteronomy 16:6-7

Thursday of the 17th Week after Trinity

"At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the LORD's release. (Deuteronomy 15:1-2)

Wednesday of the 17th 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)

Tuesday 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, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:1-2)

Monday of the 17thWeek after Trinity

Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great; For it is better that he say to you, "Come up here," Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen. (Proverbs 25:6-7)

The 17thSunday after Trinity

Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. (Luke 14:1)

Saturday of the 16th Week after Trinity

You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen. (Deuteronomy 9:20-21)

Friday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Furthermore, the Lord said to me, 'I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stubborn people. Let me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.' So I turned and came down from the mountain, and the mountain was burning with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. And I looked, and behold, you had sinned against the Lord your God. You had made yourselves a golden calf. You had turned aside quickly from the way that the Lord had commanded you. (Deuteronomy 9:13-16)

Thursday of the 16th Week after Trinity

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the Lord makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 8:18-20)

Wednesday of the 16th Week of 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. (Small Catechism: Lord's Prayer, Seventh Petition)

Tuesday of the 16th Week after Trinity

And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.' (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Monday of the 16th Week after Trinity

"And the Lord heard your words, when you spoke to me. And the Lord said to me, 'I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever! (Deuteronomy 5:28-29)

The 16th Sunday after Trinity

"'I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. "'You shall have no other gods before me." (Deuteronomy 5:6-7)

Saturday of the 15th Week after Trinity

Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and still live? (Deuteronomy 4:33)

Friday of the 15th Week after Trinity

You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Thursday of the 15th Week after Trinity

"And I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying, 'O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.' But the Lord was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the Lord said to me, 'Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again. Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan. (Deuteronomy 3:23-27)

Wednesday of the 15th 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)

Tuesday of the 15th Week after Trinity

"Then you answered me, 'We have sinned against the Lord. We ourselves will go up and fight, just as the Lord our God commanded us.' And every one of you fastened on his weapons of war and thought it easy to go up into the hill country. And the Lord said to me, 'Say to them, Do not go up or fight, for I am not in your midst, lest you be defeated before your enemies.' So I spoke to you, and you would not listen; but you rebelled against the command of the Lord and presumptuously went up into the hill country. Then the Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do and beat you down in Seir as far as Hormah. And you returned and wept before the Lord, but the Lord did not listen to your voice or give ear to you. So you remained at Kadesh many days, the days that you remained there. (Deuteronomy 1:41-46)

St. Michael and All Angels

Then I said to you, 'Do not be in dread or afraid of them. The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.' Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the Lord your God, who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go. (Deuteronomy 1:29-33)

The 15th Sunday after Trinity

"The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, 'You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negeb and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.' (Deuteronomy 1:6-8)

Saturday of the 14th Week after Trinity

"For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 4:1-3)

Friday of the 14th Week after Trinity

"Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)

Thursday of the 14th Week after Trinity

"I have loved you," says the Lord. But you say, "How have you loved us?" "Is not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the Lord. "Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert." If Edom says, "We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins," the Lord of hosts says, "They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called 'the wicked country,' and 'the people with whom the Lord is angry forever.'" Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, "Great is the Lord beyond the border of Israel!" (Malachi 1:2-5)

Wednesday of the 14th 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 surely deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us. (Small Catechism: Lord's Prayer, Fifth Petition)

Tuesday of the 14th Week after Trinity

Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads. And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped the Lord their God. (Nehemiah 9:1-3)

Monday of the 14th Week after Trinity

And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. (Nehemiah 8:6-7)

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

In the same way Sanballat for the fifth time sent his servant to me with an open letter in his hand In it was written, "It is reported among the nations, and Geshem also says it, that you and the Jews intend to rebel; that is why you are building the wall. And according to these reports you wish to become their king. And you have also set up prophets to proclaim concerning you in Jerusalem, 'There is a king in Judah.' And now the king will hear of these reports. So now come and let us take counsel together." Then I sent to him, saying, "No such things as you say have been done, for you are inventing them out of your own mind." For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, "Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done." But now, O God, strengthen my hands. (Nehemiah 6:5-9)

Saturday of the 13th Week after Trinity

And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, "The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us." (Nehemiah 4:19-20)

Friday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?" (Nehemiah 4:1-2)

Thursday of the 13th Week after Trinity

And I said, "O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father's house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses. (Nehemiah 1:5-7)

Wednesday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Give us this day our daily bread. 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. What is meant by daily bread?

Tuesday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Josiah kept a Passover to the Lord in Jerusalem. And they slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month. (2 Chronicles 35:1)

Monday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, and the carved and the metal images. And they chopped down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and he cut down the incense altars that stood above them. And he broke in pieces the Asherim and the carved and the metal images, and he made dust of them and scattered it over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. (2 Chronicles 34:1-4)

Holy Cross Day

The Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention. Therefore the Lord brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon. And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God. (2 Chronicles 33:10-13)

Saturday of the 12th Week after Trinity

Then Hezekiah the king and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed because of this and cried to heaven. And the Lord sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty warriors and commanders and officers in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he came into the house of his god, some of his own sons struck him down there with the sword. So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all his enemies, and he provided for them on every side. (2 Chronicles 32:20-22)

Friday of the 12th Week after Trinity

Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered. (2 Chronicles 31:20-21)

Thursday of the 12th Week after Trinity

Then Hezekiah the king rose early and gathered the officials of the city and went up to the house of the Lord. And they brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven male goats for a sin offering for the kingdom and for the sanctuary and for Judah. And he commanded the priests, the sons of Aaron, to offer them on the altar of the Lord. So they slaughtered the bulls, and the priests received the blood and threw it against the altar. And they slaughtered the rams, and their blood was thrown against the altar. And they slaughtered the lambs, and their blood was thrown against the altar. Then the goats for the sin offering were brought to the king and the assembly, and they laid their hands on them, and the priests slaughtered them and made a sin offering with their blood on the altar, to make atonement for all Israel. For the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel. (2 Chronicles 29:20-24)

Wednesday of the 12th Week after Trinity

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. What does this mean?

Tuesday of the 12th Week after Trinity

As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, "O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see." So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. As soon as the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, "My father, shall I strike them down? Shall I strike them down?" He answered, "You shall not strike them down. Would you strike down those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master." So he prepared for them a great feast, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel. (2 Kings 6:20-23)

Monday of the 12th Week after Trinity

But [Naaman's] servants came near and said to him, "My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?" So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:13-14)

The 12th Sunday after Trinity

And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and to make alive..." (2 Kings 5:7)

Saturday of the 11th Week after Trinity

When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he went up and lay on the child, putting his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm. Then he got up again and walked once back and forth in the house, and went up and stretched himself upon him. The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. (2 Kings 4:32-35)

Friday of the 11th Week after Trinity

He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, "Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!" And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys. (2 Kings 2:23-24)

Thursday of the 11th Week after Trinity

And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it and he cried, "My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" And he saw him no more. (2 Kings 2:11-12)

Wednesday of the 11th Week after Trinity

Thy kingdom come. What does this mean? The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also. How does God's kingdom come?

Tuesday of the 11th Week after Trinity

Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back." Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, "The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God." (1 Kings 18:36-39)

Monday of the 11th Week after Trinity

When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Is it you, you troubler of Israel?" And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father's house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. (1 Kings 18:17-18)

The 11th Sunday after Trinity

And she said to Elijah, "What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!" And he said to her, "Give me your son." And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed. And he cried to the Lord, "O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?" Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, "O Lord my God, let this child's life come into him again." And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. (1 Kings 17:18-22)

Saturday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. (Psalm 68:1, from the Introit for Trinity 11)

The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 11:42-12:19; 2 Corinthians 7:1-16

Thursday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 11:1-26; 2 Corinthians 6:1-18

Wednesday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

Hallowed be Thy name. What does this mean? God's name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept holy among us also. 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, Lord's Prayer, First Petition)

Tuesday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 8:22-30, 46-63; 2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Monday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; 2 Corinthians 3:1-18

St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 5:1-18; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:17

Saturday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; (Psalm 55:22, from the Introit for Trinity 10)

Friday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

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

Thursday of the Ninth 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 1:33-34)

Wednesday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

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

Tuesday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 2 Samuel 11:1-27; `1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Monday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 2 Samuel 7:18-20; 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:16

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 2 Samuel 7:1-17; 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:22

Saturday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life. He will repay my enemies for their evil. Cut them off in Your truth. (Psalm 54:4-5, from the Introit for Trinity 9)

St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord

Daily Lectionary: 2 Samuel 5:1-25; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Thursday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 2 Samuel 1:1-27; 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Wednesday of the Eighth 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

Tuesday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 28:3-25; 1 Corinthians 6:1-20

Monday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 26:1-25; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 25:23-44; 1 Corinthians 4:1-21

Saturday of the Seventh 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 8)

Friday of the Seventh Week after Trinity

Then he said to David: "You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil. (1 Samuel 24:17)

Thursday of the Seventh Week after Trinity

For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, you shall not be established, nor your kingdom. Now therefore, send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die." (1 Samuel 20:31)

Wednesday of the Seventh Week after Trinity

This is what St. John the Evangelist writes in chapter twenty: The Lord Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven' (John 20:22-23). (Small Catechism, Confession)

Tuesday of the Seventh Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 19:1-24; Acts 28:1-15

Monday of the Seventh Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 18:10-30; Acts 27:27-44

The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 17:48-18:9; Acts 27:9-26

Saturday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. (Psalm 47:8, from the Introit for Trinity 7)

Friday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. (1 Samuel 17:11)

Thursday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

"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)

Wednesday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

What is the Office of the Keys? The Office of the Keys is that special authority which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent. (Small Catechism, Confession)

Tuesday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 14:47-15:9; Acts 24:1-23

Monday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 13:1-18; Acts 23:12-35

The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 12:1-25; Acts 22:30-23:11

Saturday of the Fifth 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. (Psalm 28:1 from the Introit for Trinity 6)

St. James the Elder, Apostle

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 9:1-27; Acts 21:37-22:16

Thursday of the Fifth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 8:1-22; Acts 21:15-36

Wednesday of the Fifth Week after Trinity

Which are these (sins that we should confess)? Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments: Are you a father, mother,

St. Mary Magdalene

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 5:1-6:3,10-16; Acts 18:1-11,23-28

Monday of the Fifth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 4:1-22; Acts 16:23-40

The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 3:1-21; Acts 16:1-22

Saturday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me (Psalm 27:12 from the Introit for Trinity 5)

Friday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

Thursday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 1:1-20; Galatians 5:1-26

Wednesday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

What sins should we confess? 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. (The Small Catechism, Confession and the Keys Part 2)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Judges 15:1-16:3; Galatians 3:23-4:11

Monday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Judges 14:1-20; Galatians 3:1-22

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Judges 13:1-25; Galatians 2:1-21

Saturday of the Third 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? (Psalm 27:1 from the Introit for Trinity 4)

Friday of the Third Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Judges 6:25-40; Acts 15:6-21

Thursday of the Third Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Judges 6:1-24; Acts 14:19-15:5

Wednesday of the Third 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 and the Office of the Keys, Part 1)

Tuesday of the Third Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Judges 3:7-31; Acts 13:42-52

Monday of the Third Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Judges 2:6-23; Acts 13:13-41

The Third Sunday after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Joshua 24:1-31; Acts 13:1-12

Saturday of the Second Week after Trinity

Look on my affliction and my pain, And forgive all my sins. (Psalm 25:18 from the Introit for Trinity 3)

Friday of the Second Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Joshua 10:1-25; Acts 11:19-30

Thursday of the Second Week after Trinity

What does such baptizing with water indicate? It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever. Where is this written? St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six: "We were therefore buried with Him through Baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." (Romans 6:4; The Small Catechism, Baptism Part 4)

The Visitation

Daily Lectionary: Joshua 7:1-26; Acts 10:34-48

Tuesday of the Second Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Joshua 6:6-27; Acts 10:18-33

Monday of the Second Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Joshua 5:1-6:5; Acts 10:1-17

St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles

Daily Lectionary: Joshua 4:1-24; Acts 9:23-43

Saturday of the First Week after Trinity

He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. (Psalm 18:19 from the Introit for Trinity 2)

Friday of the First Week after Trinity

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. (Acts 8:35)

Thursday of the First Week After Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Joshua 1:1-18; Acts 8:1-25

Wednesday of the First Week after Trinity

How can water do such great things? Certainly not just water, but the Word of God in and with the water does these things, along with faith which trusts this Word of God in the water. For without God's Word, the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the Word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three:

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 30:1-9,18-33; John 20:19-31

Monday of the First Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 27:1-24; John 20:1-18

The First Sunday after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 25:1-22; John 19:23-42

Saturday of the Week of Trinity

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:1, 5-6 from the Introit for Trinity 1)

Friday of the Week of Trinity

Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven. (Proverbs 23:4-5)

Thursday of the Week of Trinity

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend. (Proverbs 22:1, 11)

Wednesday of the Week of Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 20:5-25; John 17:1-26

Tuesday of the Week of Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 17:1-28; John 16:17-33

Monday of the Week of Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 16:1-24; John 16:1-16

Holy Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 35:9-30; Luke 24:28-53

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. (Introit for Holy Trinity)

Friday of the Week of Pentecost

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 27:12-23; Luke 23:26-56

Thursday of the Week of Pentecost

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

St. Barnabas

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 23:4-28; Luke 22:47-71

Tuesday of the Week of Pentecost

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 22:21-23:3; Luke 22:24-46

Monday of the Week of Pentecost

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 22:1-20; Luke 22:1-23

Pentecost

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 21:10-35; Luke 21:20-38