Easter Reflections 2007

Reflections for the season of Easter for 2007.

May 26, 2007 - The Eve of the Feast of Pentecost

“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”        (Romans 8:13)

May 25, 2007 - Friday in the Seventh Week of Easter

“…but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.” (St. Luke 20:35)

May 24, 2007 - Thursday in the Seventh Week of Easter

“Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”        (St. Luke 20:18

May 23, 2007 - Wednesday in the Seventh Week of Easter

“But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words ‘for you’ require all hearts to believe.”        (Small Catechism, The Sacrament of the Altar)

May 22, 2007 - Tuesday in the Seventh Week of Easter

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”        (1 Peter 4:8)

May 21, 2007 - Monday in the Seventh Week of Easter

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.  And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”           (Ezekiel 36:26)

May 20, 2007 - The Seventh Sunday of Easter - Exaudi

“Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering a service to God.”        (St. John 16:2)

May 19, 2007 - The Eve of the Seventh Sunday of Easter

“Your face, Lord, will I seek. Do not hide Your face from me. Alleluia.”        (Psalm 27:8-9; Introit for the Seventh Sunday of Easter)

May 18, 2007 - Friday in the Sixth Week of Easter

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.”    (St. Luke 17:26)

May 17, 2007 - The Ascension of our Lord

“Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.”        (St. Mark 16:15)

May 16, 2007 - Wednesday in the Sixth Week of Easter

“Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine, outward training.  But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: ‘Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”        (Small Catechism, The Sacrament of the Altar)

May 15, 2007 - Tuesday in the Sixth Week of Easter

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”        (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

May 14, 2007 - Monday in the Sixth Week of Easter

“Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.”    (Numbers 21:8)

May 13, 2007 - The Sixth Sunday of Easter - Rogate

“Truly, truly I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, He will give it to you.”    (St. John 16:23)

May 12, 2007 - The Eve of the Sixth Sunday of Easter

“Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me!”    (Psalm 66:20; Introit for the Sixth Sunday of Easter)

May 11, 2007 - Friday in 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.”    (St. Luke 13:24)

May 10, 2007 - Thursday in the Fifth Week of Easter

“Or those eighteen on whom the tower of Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."        (St. Luke 13:4-5)

May 9, 2007 - Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Easter

“Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: ‘Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins’…Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: ‘forgiveness of sins.’”        (Small Catechism, The Sacrament of the Altar)

May 8, 2007 - Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Easter

“Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”    (James 1:21)

May 7, 2007 - Monday in the Fifth Week of Easter

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

May 6, 2007 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter - Cantate

“…it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”    (St. John 16:7)

May 5, 2007 - The Eve of the Fifth Sunday of Easter

"His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory."    (Introit for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Psalm 98:1)

May 4, 2007 - Friday in the Fourth Week of Easter

"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination."    (Leviticus 18:22)

May 3, 2007 - Thursday in the Fourth Week of Easter

"For the life of the flesh is in the blood." (Leviticus 17:11)

May 2, 2007 - Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Easter

"These words ‘Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,’ show us that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation." (Small Catechism, The Sacrament of the Altar)

May 1, 2007 - Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Easter

"Whoever has seen me has seen the Father." (St. John 14:9)

April 30, 2007 - Monday in the Fourth Week of Easter

"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

April 29, 2007 - The Fourth Sunday of Easter - Jubilate

"A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again, a little while, and you will see me.’" (St. John 16:16)

April 28, 2007 - The Eve of the Fourth Sunday of Easter

"Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Alleluia. Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious. Alleluia!"    (Introit for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Psalm 66:1-2)

April 27, 2007 - Friday in the Third Week of Easter

"A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission." (St. Luke 8:30)

April 26, 2007 - Thursday in the Third Week of Easter

“He said, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’” (St. Luke 8:10)

April 25, 2007 - Wednesday in the Third Week of Easter

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”    (St. Mark 16:16)

April 24, 2007 - Tuesday in 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)

April 23, 2007 - Monday in the Third Week of Easter

“I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God.”    (Ezekiel 34:15)

April 22, 2007 - The Third Sunday of Easter - Misericordias Domini

“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (St. John 10:14-15)

April 21, 2007 - The Eve of the Third Sunday of Easter

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Alleluia. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made. Alleluia.” (Introit for the Third Sunday of Easter: Psalm 33:5-6)

April 20, 2007 - Friday in the Second Week of Easter

The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” (St. Luke 6:5)

April 19, 2007 - Thursday in the Second Week of Easter

And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.” (Exodus 25:8)

April 18, 2007 - Wednesday in the Second Week of Easter

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24)

April 17, 2007 - Tuesday in the Second Week of Easter

This is He who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ; not by water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.” (1 John 5:6)

April 16, 2007 - Monday in the Second Week of Easter

“Then He said to me, ‘Prophecy over these bones, and say to them, “O dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.”’” (Ezekiel 37:4-5)

April 15, 2007 - The Second Sunday after Easter - Quasimodo Geniti

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” (St. John 20:19)

April 14, 2007 - The Eve of the Second Sunday of Easter

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

April 13, 2007 - Friday in the First Week of Easter

“But you have come…to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews. 12:24)

April 12, 2007 - Thursday in the First Week of Easter

“And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’” (Exodus 17:7) 

April 11, 2007 - Wednesday in the First Week of Easter

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

April 10, 2007 - Tuesday in the First Week of Easter

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:56-57)

April 9, 2007 - Monday in the First Week 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. My heart faints within me!” (Job 19:25-27)

April 8, 2007 - The Resurrection of Our Lord

“And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.’” (St. Mark 16:5-6)