Easter Reflections 2006

Daily Reflections for the weeks celebrating the resurrection of our Lord, Holy Eastertde.

June 3, 2006 - Saturday in the Sixth Week After Easter

“I will not leave you as orphans. I am going away, and I am coming back to you.” (St. John 14:18a-28a; antiphon to the Magnificat for Pentecost Eve)

June 2, 2006 - Friday in the Sixth Week After Easter

“Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.” (St. John 17:17)

June 1, 2006 - Thursday in the Sixth Week After Easter

“The end of all things is near.” (1 Peter 4:7)

May 31, 2006 - Wednesday in the Sixth Week After Easter - The Feast of the Visitation

“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.” (St. Luke 1:39-47)

May 30, 2006 - Tuesday in the Sixth Week After Easter

“Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias.” (Acts 1:26)

May 29, 2006 - Monday in the Sixth Week After Easter

“He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son of God has not life.” (1 John 5:12)

May 28, 2006 - Sixth Sunday After Easter - Exaudi

“But when the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness to me.” (St. John 15:26)

May 27, 2006 - Saturday in the Fifth Week After Easter

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)

May 26, 2006 - Friday in the Fifth Week After Easter

“And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’” (Acts 1:10)

May 25, 2006 - Thursday in the Fifth Week After Easter - The Ascension of Our Lord

“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.” (St. Luke 24:50-52)

May 24, 2006 - Wednesday in the Fifth Week After Easter

“Who receives this sacrament worthily? 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.’ 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)

May 23, 2006 - Tuesday in the Fifth Week After Easter

“Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34)

May 22, 2006 - Monday in the Fifth Week After Easter

“For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” (1 John 5:8)

May 21, 2006 - The Fifth Sunday After Easter - Rogate

“Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, He will give it to you in my name. Until now, you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (St. John 16:33)

May 20, 2006 - Saturday in the Fourth Week After Easter

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)

May 19, 2006 - Friday in the Fourth Week After Easter

“Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.” (James 1:18)

May 18, 2006 - Thursday in the Fourth Week After Easter

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (St. John 15:5)

May 17, 2006 - Wednesday in the Fourth Week After 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.’ These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: ‘forgiveness of sins.’”

May 16, 2006 - Tuesday in the Fourth Week After Easter

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

May 15, 2006 - Monday in the Fourth Week After Easter

“And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.” (Acts 8:38)

May 14, 2006 - Fourth Sunday After Easter - Cantate

“He will glorify me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (St. John 16:13)

May 13, 2006 - Saturday in the Third Week After Easter

“They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

May 12, 2006 - Friday in the Third Week After Easter

“Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil.” (1 Peter 2:13)

May 11, 2006 - Thursday in the Third Week After Easter

“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)

May 10, 2006 - Wednesday in the Third Week After 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 - Lord’s Supper)

May 9, 2006 - Tuesday in the Third Week After Easter

“By this we know love, that He laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)

May 8, 2006 - Monday in the Third Week After Easter

“Salvation is in no other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

May 7, 2006 - The Third Sunday After Easter - Jubilate

“You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.” (St. John 16:20)

May 6, 2006 - Saturday in the Second Week After Easter

“And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, [Jesus] said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.” (St. Luke 24:41-42)

May 5, 2006 - Friday in the Second Week After Easter

“He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by His wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

May 4, 2006 - Thursday in the Second Week After Easter

“This is what Lord YHWH says, ‘I Myself will search for My sheep and look after them.’” (Ezekiel 34:11)

May 3, 2006 - Wednesday in the Second Week After 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 Lord’s Supper)

May 2, 2006 - Tuesday in the Second Week After Easter

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:1-7)

May 1, 2006 - Monday in the Second Week After Easter - The Feast of St. Philip and St. James, Apostles

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.” (St. John 14:10)

April 30, 2006 - The Second Sunday After Easter - Misericordias Domini–

“I am the good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (John 10:14)

April 29, 2006 - Saturday in the First Week After Easter

“In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11b – Introit for the Third Sunday of Easter)

April 28, 2006 - Friday in the Week After Easter

“There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree.” (1 John 5:8)

April 27, 2006 - Thursday in the Week After Easter

“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (St. John 20:22-23)

April 26, 2006 - Wednesday in the First Week After Easter

“‘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.”’

April 25, 2006 - Tuesday in the First Week After Easter - The Feast of St. Mark

“Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me.” (2 Timothy 4:11)

April 24, 2006 - Monday in the First Week After Easter

“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33)

April 23, 2006 - First Sunday after Easter

“Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.” (St. John 20:19-20)

April 22, 2006 - Saturday in the Week of Easter

“But I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25)

April 21, 2006 - Friday in the week of Easter

"For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God..." (Job 19:25)

April 20, 2006 - Thursday in the Week of Easter

“Jesus said to [Mary], ‘Do not keep on holding me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’" (St. John 20:17)

April 19, 2006 - Wednesday in the Week of Easter

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

April 18, 2006 - Tuesday in the Week of Easter

“"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me.”" (1 Corinthians 15:3-7)

April 17, 2006 - Monday in the Week of Easter

“"It will be said on that day, '‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, that He might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation.’'"” (Isaiah 25:9)

April 16, 2006 - The Resurrection of Our Lord - Easter

“And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” (St. Mark 16:8)