Advent Reflections 2009

Download Reflections for Advent through Epiphany, November 29, 2009 - January 9, 2010

November 29, 2009 - First Sunday of Advent (Ad Te Levari)

“And the crowds going before Him and following Him shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed be the One who comes in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!’” (St. Matthew 21:9)

November 30, 2009 - St. Andrew, the Apostle

“He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah (which is translated ‘Christ’).’” (St. John 1:41)

December 1, 2009 - Tuesday in the 1st Week of Advent

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” (Jeremiah 23:5)

December 2, 2009 - Wednesday in the 1st Week of Advent

“You shall have no other gods. What does this mean?You should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.”

December 3, 2009 - Thursday in the 1st Week of Advent

“Owe no one anything, except that to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the Law.” (Romans 13:8)

December 4, 2009 - Friday in the 1st Week of Advent

“For we did not follow after deviously crafted myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2 Peter 1:16)

December 5, 2009 - Saturday in the 1st Week of Advent

“Daughter of Zion, behold, surely your salvation is coming. The LORD willcause His glorious voice to be heard, and you shall have gladness of heart.” (Introit for Populus Zion)

December 6, 2009 - Second Sunday of Advent (Populus Zion)

“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and glory.” (St. Luke 21:17)

December 7, 2009 - Monday in the 2nd Week of Advent

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogantand all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of Hosts, so it will leave them neither root nor branch.” (Malachi 4:1)

December 8, 2009 - Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Advent

“Receive one another just as Christ also received you for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7)

December 9, 2009 - Wednesday in the 2nd Week of Advent

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use Satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.”

December 10, 2009 - Thursday in the 2nd Week of Advent

“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” (1 John 4:2)

December 11, 2009 - Friday in the 2nd Week of Advent

“This is He who came through water and blood – Jesus Christ, not in the water only, but in the water and in the blood. And the Spirit is the One who testifies, because the Spirit is truth.” (1 John 1:6)

December 12, 2009 - Saturday in the 2nd Week of Advent

“Rejoice in the Lord always, again will I say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be to all men, the Lord is at hand!” (Philippians 4:4-5)

December 13, 2009 - Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete)

“When John heard in prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples to say to Him, ‘Are you the the Coming One or should we wait for another?’” (St. Matthew 11:2-3)

December 14, 2009 - Monday in the 3rd Week of Advent

“‘Comfort, comfort my people,’ says your God. ‘Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.’” (Isaiah 40:1-2)

December 15, 2009 - Tuesday in the 3rd Week of Advent

“Therefore do not judge before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of theheart. Then each one will receive praise from God.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)

December 16, 2009 - Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Advent

“Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.”

December 17, 2009 - Thursday in the 3rd Week of Advent

“And in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders, I saw a Lamb standing like He had been slain with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth.” (Revelation 5:6)

December 18, 2009 - Friday in the 3rd Week of Advent

“Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.’” (Isaiah 35:4)

December 19, 2009 - Saturday in the 3rd Week of Advent

“He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord,’ just as Isaiah said.” (St. John 1:23)

December 20, 2009 - Fourth Sunday of Advent (Rorate Coeli)

“He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Make straightthe way of the Lord,’ just as Isaiah said.” (St. John 1:23)

December 21, 2009 - St. Thomas, the Apostle

“And so the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!‘ And he said to them, ’Except I see in His hands the marks of the nails and I place my finger into the marks of the nails and I thrust my hands into His side, I will not believe.’” (St. John 1:23)

December 22, 2009 - Tuesday in the 4th Week of Advent

“Let your gentleness be known to all men, the Lord is near.”

December 23, 2009 - Wednesday in the 4th Week of Advent

“Honor your father and mother. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.”(Fourth Commandment and Meaning – Luther’s Small Catechism)

December 24, 2009 - The Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus

“It happened in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustusthat all the world should be registered.” (St. Luke 2:1)

December 25, 2009 - Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (St. John 1:1)

December 26, 2009 - St. Stephen, Martyr

“Therefore, behold, I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town...” (St. Matthew 23:34)

December 27, 2009 - St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

“So the word spread to the brothers that this disciple would not die. But, Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is it to you?.” (St. John 21:23)

December 28, 2009 - Holy Innocents

“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” (St. John 20:23)

December 29, 2009 - The Fifth Day of Christmas

“Lord, now release your servant, in peace according to your Word. For my eyes have seen your salvation...” (St. Luke 2:28-32)

December 30, 2009 - The Sixth Day of Christmas

“You shall not murder. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm His neighbor in his body, but help and support Him in every physical need.”

December 31, 2009 - New Year’s Eve: The Name of Jesus

“She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins.” (St. Matthew 1:21)

January 1, 2010 - New Year’s Day: The Circumcision of Jesus

“And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was given the name Jesus, the name given to Him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.” (St. Luke 2:21)

January 2, 2010 - The Ninth Day of Christmas

“Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. (St. Luke 2:21)

January 3, 2010 - The Second Sunday after Christmas

“And remained there until the death of Herod so that what was spoken by the Lord by the prophet would be fulfilled, ‘Out of Egypt, I have called My Son.’” (St. Matthew 2:15)

January 4, 2010 - The 11th Day of Christmas

“So He said, ‘I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.’” (Genesis 46:3)

January 5, 2010 - The 12th Day of Christmas

“Beloved, do not be startled when the fiery ordeals happen among you to test you as though something strange were happening to you...”

January 6, 2010 - The Epiphany of Our Lord

… he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah (Matthew 2:4-6)

January 7, 2010 - Thursday after the Epiphany

You shall not commit adultery. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other. (The Sixth Commandment – Luther’s Small Catechism)

January 8, 2010 - Friday after the Epiphany

"And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD,' whether they hear, or whether they refuse." (Ezekiel 3:11)

January 9, 2010 - Saturday after the Epiphany

Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3 from the Introit for Epiphany 1)