Easter Reflections 2015

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Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold." As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." (Luke 8:5-7)

The Resurrection of our Lord

And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here." (Mark 16:6)

Monday of Easter

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. (Job 19:25-27)

Tuesday of Easter

When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:30-35)

Wednesday of Easter Week

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house.

Thursday of Easter Week

As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace to you!" (Luke 24:36)

Friday of Easter Week

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20)

Saturday of Easter Week

As newborn babes, Alleluia, desire the pure milk of the Word. Alleluia. Alleluia. (1 Peter 2:2, Introit for Easter 2)

The Second Sunday of Easter

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe." (John 20:24-25)

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. (Ezekiel 37:12)

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

This is he who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. (1 John 5:6)

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his. (Small Catechism, Tenth Commandment)

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

And they said to him, "The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink." And Jesus said to them, "Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? (Luke 5:33-34)

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

And Jesus answered them, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?" And he said to them, "The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath." (Luke 6:3-5)

Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.(Psalm 33:1, Introit for Easter 3)

The Third Sunday of Easter

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep." (John 10:11-12)

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. (Ezekiel 34:12)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25)

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

What does God say about all of these commandments?

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned. (Luke 8:30-33)

St. Mark, Evangelist

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (1 Timothy 4:6-7)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. (John 16:20)

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Have you not known? Have you not heard?The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint,

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. (1 Peter 2:16)

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God's command and combined with God's word. (Small Catechism, Baptism Part 1)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

"The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." (Lamentations 3:24)

St. Phillip and St. James, Apostles

Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (John 14:8-11)

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Alleluia! His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. Alleluia (Psalm 98:1-2, Introit for Easter 5)

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:13-14)

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3)

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

What benefits does Baptism give? It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. (Small Catechism, Baptism Part 2)

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?' And he answered him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'" (Luke 13:6-9)

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, open to us,' then he will answer you, 'I do not know where you come from.' (Luke 13:24-25)

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

Monday of the Sixth Week after Easter

And the Lord said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live." So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. (Numbers 21:8-9)

Tuesday of the Sixth Week after Easter

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:26-27)

Wednesday of the Sixth Week after Easter

How can water do such great things?

The Ascension of Our Lord

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs. (Mark 16:19-20)

Friday of the Sixth Week after Easter

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God. (Luke 24:50-53)

Saturday of the Sixth Week after Easter

With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, utter it to the end of the earth. Alleluia. The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob! Alleluia. (Isaiah 40:20, Introit for Easter 7)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

"But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. (John 15:26)

Monday of the Seventh Week after Easter

And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. (Ezekiel 36:23)

Tuesday of the Seventh Week after Easter

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies--in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.(1 Peter 4:10-11)

Wednesday of the Seventh Week after Easter

What does such baptizing with water indicate?

Thursday of the Seventh Week after Easter

He answered them, "I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?" (Luke 20:3-4)

Friday of the Seventh Week after Easter

So they asked him, "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?" (Luke 20:21-22)

The Eve of Pentecost

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. (John 14:18-19)