Epiphany Reflections 2016

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The Epiphany of Our Lord

"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." (Matthew 2:2)

Thursday after Epiphany

He has redeemed me...that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true. (Small Catechism: Second Article, Part 3)

Friday after Epiphany

The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:3)

Saturday after Epiphany

He shall cry to Me, 'You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.' (Psalm 89:26 from the Introit for the Baptism of Our Lord)

The Baptism of Our Lord

And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" (Matthew 3:14)

Monday of the First Week after Epiphany

Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan. (Joshua 3:17)

Tuesday of the First Week after Epiphany

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty,,,(1 Corinthians 1:27)

Wednesday of the First Week after Epiphany

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. (Small Catechism: Third Article, Part 1)

Thursday of the First Week after Epiphany

Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. (Luke 2:46-47)

Friday of the First Week after Epiphany

And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD (1 Kings 8:10)

Saturday of the First Week after Epiphany

O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. (Psalm 84:10 from the Introit for Transfiguration)

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" (Matthew 17:5)

The Confession of St. Peter

But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Mark 8:33)

Tuesday of the Week of Transfiguration

And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. (Exodus 3:2)

Wednesday of the Week of Transfiguration

In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. (Small Catechism: Third Article, Part 2)

Thursday of the Week of Transfiguration

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables 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)

Friday of the Week of Transfiguration

Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses' hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. (Exodus 34:29)

Saturday of the Week of Transfiguration

In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. (Psalm 18:6 from the Introit for Septuagesima)

St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor

Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. (Acts 16:1)

The Conversion of St. Paul

Immediately [Paul] preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. (Acts 9:20)

St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor

For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you (Titus 1:5)

Wednesday of Septuagesima

You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love and trust in God above all things. (Small Catechism, First Commandment)

Thursday of Septuagesima

And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. (Matthew 20:9)

Friday of Septuagesima

Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. (Exodus 17:6)

Saturday of Septuagesima

In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. (Psalm 44:8 from the Introit for Sexagesima)

Sexagesima

And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.' (Luke 8:10)

Monday of Sexagesima

Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you--The sure mercies of David. (Isaiah 55:3)

The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord

Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. (Luke 2:22)

Wednesday of Sexagesima

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. (Small Catechism, Second Commandment)

Thursday of Sexagesima

And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Friday of Sexagesima

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9)

Saturday of Sexagesima

Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. (Psalm 31:5 from the Introit for Quinquagesima)

Quinquagesima

Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again." (Luke 18:31-33)

Monday of Quinquagesima

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. 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)

Tuesday of Quinquagesima

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)