Lent 2012 Reflections

April 8, 2012 - Easter Sunday

“And he said to them, ‘Don’t 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 16:6)

April 7, 2012 - Holy Saturday

“And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut out of rock.”

April 6, 2012 - Good Friday

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘it is accomplished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up His Spirit.” (St. John 19:30)

April 5, 2012 - Maundy Thursday

“A new command I give to you, so that you love one another, just as I loved you, you also are to love one another.” (St. John 13:34)

April 4, 2012 - Wednesday of Holy Week

“And taking the bread, He giving thanks, broke it and gave it to them saying, ‘This is My Body which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.’” (St. Luke 22:19)

April 3, 2012 - Tuesday of Holy Week

“But he began to curse and swear, ‘I do not know the Man of whom you speak!’” (St. Mark 14:71)

April 2, 2012 - Monday of Holy Week

“And Jesus answered them saying, ‘The hour has come so that the Son of Man be glorified.’” (St. John 12:23)

April 1, 2012 - Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

“And the crowd going before Him and following Him said, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the Highest!” (St. Matthew 21:9)

March 31, 2012 - Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me! Save Me from the lion's mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen!”

March 30, 2012 - Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, eloi, lema sabatchani;’” (St. Mark 15:34)

March 29, 2012 - Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“You shall not covet your neighbor's house. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.” (Small Catechism, Ninth Commandment)

March 28, 2012 - Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and say everything in the kindest way.”

March 27, 2012 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’” (Genesis 22:2)

March 26, 2012 - Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“Yet, I do not seek my glory, There is One who seeks it and judges. Whoever is of God hears the Word of God. Amen, Amen, I say to you, whoever cherishes my words will not see death forever.”

March 25, 2012 - The Annunciation of Our Lord

“In the six month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The Virgin’s name was Mary.” (St. Luke 1:26-27)

March 24, 2012 - Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation;

March 23, 2012 - Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“And then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I will rain bread out of heaven, and the people shall go out and gather daily bread that I may test them if they will walk in my Law or not...’” (Exodus 16:4)

March 22, 2012 - Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“Tell me, you who want to be under the Law, have you read the Law?”

March 21, 2012 - Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“Thou shalt not steal. What does this mean? You fear and love God so that you do not take your neighbor’s money or possessions or get them in any dishonest way but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income.” (Small Catechism, Seventh Commandment)

March 20, 2012 - Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her;”

March 19, 2012 - St. Joseph

“And He rose and took the child and His mother by night to Egypt.”

March 18, 2012 - The Fourth Sunday in Lent

“And Jesus lifting up His eyes and seeing the large crowd coming said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread so that these people may eat?’”

March 17, 2012 - St. Patrick

“And when Simon Peter saw it, He fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Get away from me! For I am a sinful man, Lord!’” (St. Mark 5:10)

March 16, 2012 - Friday of the Third Week of Lent

“And they said to Him, Give to us to sit on your right hand and your left in your glory.” (St. Mark 10:37)

March 15, 2012 - Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

“And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets of the people laid hold of him, saying, ‘You shall die!’”

March 14, 2012 - Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

“You shall not commit adultery. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do. Husbands and wives love and honor each other.”

March 13, 2012 - Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:1-2)

March 12, 2012 - Monday of the Third Week of Lent

”Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the LORD had said. (Exodus 8:18-19)

March 11, 2012 - The Third Sunday in Lent

“And He said, ‘More than that blessed are the ones who hear the Word of God and guard it.’” (St. Luke 11:28)

March 10, 2012 - Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

“My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted.” (Psalm 25:15-16 from the Introit for Lent 3)

March 9, 2012 - Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death. (Genesis 24:67)

March 8, 2012 - Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

“And not only that, but we rejoice in suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)

March 7, 2012 - Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

“We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in His Body but help and support him in every physical need.”

March 6, 2012 - Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

“And so, finally, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and please God, just as you also are walking, so that you would abound still more.” (1 Thessalonians 4:1)

March 5, 2012 - Monday of the Second Week of Lent

“Then he said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have wrestled with God and with men and have prevailed.’”

March 4, 2012 - The Second Sunday in Lent

“And Jesus answered her, ‘O Woman, great is your faith! Let it happen to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed at that very hour.”

March 3, 2012 - Saturday of the First Week of Lent

“Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your covenant faithfulness, for they are from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!” (Introit for Lent 2)

March 2, 2012 - Friday of the First Week of Lent

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

March 1, 2012 - Thursday of the First Week of Lent

“And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he dishonored him, for he was a young person, ruddy with handsome eyes.” (1 Samuel 17:46)

February 29, 2012 - Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

“Honor your Father and your mother. What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.” (Small Catechism, Fourth Commandment)

February 28, 2012 - Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

“But as servants of God in all things we commend ourselves in all ways, by great perseverance, in affliction, in calamity, in distress, in blows, in imprisonments, in tumult, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger...”

February 27, 2012 - Monday of the First Week of Lent

“I will put hostility between you and the woman and between your seed and her Seed; He shall crush your head, and you shall crush His heel.”

February 26, 2012 - The First Sunday in Lent

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

February 25, 2012 - Saturday after Ash Wednesday

“When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy himand show him my salvation.”

February 24, 2012 - St. Matthias

“And they cast lots for them and the lot fell on Matthias and he was added to the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:26)

February 23, 2012 - Thursday after Ash Wednesday

“Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.” (Small Catechism, Third Commandment)

February 22, 2012 - Ash Wednesday

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces to appear to men to be fasting. Amen, amen, I say to you, they receive their reward.” (St. Matthew 6:16)