Lenten Reflections 2007

Reflections for the season of Lent 2007.

April 07, 2007 - Holy Saturday

“Rejoice now, all you heav’nly choirs of angels; rejoice now, all creation; sound forth, trumpet of salvation, and proclaim the triumph of our King.’” (Easter Proclamation – Exsultet)

April 06, 2007 - Good Friday

“It is finished.” (St. John 19:30)

April 05, 2007 - Maundy Thursday

“And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, "Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.” (Exodus 24:8)

April 04, 2007 - Wednesday of Holy Week

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (St. Luke 23:34)

April 03, 2007 - Tuesday of Holy Week

“Truly, This was the Son of God!" (St. Mark 15:9)

April 02, 2007 - Monday of Holy Week

“So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the whole world has gone after him.’” (St. John 12:19)

April 01, 2007 - Palm Sunday

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (St. Matthew 21:9b)

March 31, 2007 - Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’” (Genesis 50:19-21)

March 30, 2007 - Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation.” (Zechariah 9:9)

March 29, 2007 - Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“I, a poor sinner, plead guilty before God of all my sins. I have lived as if God did not matter and as if I mattered most. My Lord’s name I have not honored as I should; my worship and prayers have faltered. I have not let His love have its way with me, and so my love for others has failed. There are those whom I have hurt, and those whom I failed to help. My thoughts and desires have been soiled with sin. What troubles me particularly is that…” (Rite of Individual Confession & Absolution – LSB)

March 28, 2007 - Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“Abraham said, ‘God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.’" (Genesis 22:8)

March 27, 2007 - Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3)

March 26, 2007 - Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood.” (Hebrews 9:16-18)

March 25, 2007 - Festival of the Annunciation of Our Lord

“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.’ So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.” (St. John 8:58-59)

March 24, 2007 - Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent

“Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! For you are the God in whom I take refuge, why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!” (Psalm 43:1-3)

March 23, 2007 - Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.” (St. John 6:48-50)

March 22, 2007 - Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

“What do you believe according to these words? I believe that when the called ministers of Christ deal with us by His divine command, in particular when they exclude openly unrepentant sinners from the Christian congregation and absolve those who repent of their sins and want to do better, this is just as valid and certain, even in heaven, as if Christ our dear Lord dealt with us Himself.” (Small Catechism, Confession – Part VI)

March 21, 2007 - Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

“And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, ‘Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’” (Exodus 16:2-3)

March 20, 2007 - Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls...” (1 Peter 1:8-9)

March 19, 2007 - Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

“Abraham was the father of Isaac…and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” (St. Matthew 1:2a;16)

March 18, 2007 - Fourth Sunday in Lent - Laetare

“And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten.” (St. John 6:12-13)

March 17, 2007 - Saturday in the Third Week of Lent

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit….” (St. Matthew 28:19)

March 16, 2007 - Friday in the Third Week of Lent

“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast. I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Isaiah 66:10a,11a; Psalm 122:1)

March 15, 2007 - Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true.” (Ephesians 5:6-9)

March 14, 2007 - Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

“What is the Office of the Keys? The Office of the Keys is that special authority which Christ has given to his Church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent.” (Small Catechism, Confession – Part IV)

March 13, 2007 - Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

“Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God.’ But Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.” (Exodus 8:19)

March 12, 2007 - Monday in the Third Week of Lent

“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory or your name, deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake.” (Psalm 79:9)

March 11, 2007 - Third Sunday in Oculi

“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.” (St. Luke 11:21-22)

March 10, 2007 - Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

“My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust; let me not be put to shame.” (Psalm 25:15-16;1-21)

March 9, 2007 - Friday in the Second Week of Lent

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:1-5)

March 8, 2007 - Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

“What sins should we confess? Before God we should plead guilty of all sins, even those we are not aware of, as we do in the Lord’s Prayer; but before the pastor we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts.” (Small Catechism, Confession – Part II)

March 7, 2007 - Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.” (St. Matthew 24:9)

March 6, 2007 - Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

“Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day has broken.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’” (Genesis 32:26)

March 5, 2007 - Monday in the Second Week of Lent

“’If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you--for your name is in this house--and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’” (2 Chronicles 20:9)

March 4, 2007 - Second Sunday in Lent - Reminiscere

“She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." (St. Matthew 15:27)

March 3, 2007 - Saturday in the First Week of Lent

“Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!” (Psalm 25:6-7)

March 2, 2007 - Friday in the First Week of Lent

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

March 1, 2007 - Thursday in the First Week of Lent

“And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.” (1 Samuel 17:49)

February 28, 2007 - Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

“What is confession? Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.” (Small Catechism, Confession I)

February 27, 2007 - Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

February 26, 2007 - Monday in the First Week of Lent

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:1, 7, 11)

February 25, 2007 - First Sunday in Lent - Invocabit

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (St. Matthew 4:1)

February 24, 2007 - Saturday after Ash Wednesday - Festival of St. Matthias, Apostle

“And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:24-26)

February 23, 2007 - Friday after Ash Wednesday - Commemoration of Polycarp of Smyrna, Pastor & Martyr

“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)

February 22, 2007 - Thursday after Ash Wednesday

"I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.” (Jonah 2:2)

February 21, 2007 - Ash Wednesday

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” (St. Matthew 6:19-20a)