Pre-Lent Reflections 2007

Daily Reflections for the weeks in preparation of the Lenten Fast.

February 20, 2007 - Shrove Tuesday

“You have mercy on all, O Lord, and abhor nothing You have made. You look past the sins of men that they may repent. You spare them all because You are our Lord, our God.” (Introit for Ash Wednesday – Wisdom 11:24-26)

February 19, 2007 - Monday of Quinquagesima

“And the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not regard his appearance or the height of his stature, because I rejected him. For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man sees with eyes, but the Lord sees the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

February 18, 2007 - Quinquagesima - Martin Luther

“And taking the twelve aside, He said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all that is written through the prophets will be accomplished concerning the Son of Man.” (St. Luke 18:31)

February 17, 2007 - Saturday of Sexagesima

“Be a rock of refuge, a fortress to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress. And for Your name sake, you lead and guide me.” (Psalm 31:2-3 – Introit for Quinquagesima)

February 16, 2007 - Friday of Sexagesima

“You examine the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life, but these are they that testify of Me and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life” (St. John 5:39-40)

February 15, 2007 - Thursday of Sexagesima - Philemon and Onesimus

“I appeal to you concerning my child, whom I have begotten in chains, Onesimus, who formerly was useless to you but now is useful to both you and me.” (Philemon 10-11)

February 14, 2007 - Wednesday of Sexagesima

"I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.” (Small Catechism – First Article, Explanation)

February 13, 2007 - Tuesday of Sexagesima

“My grace is enough for you, my strength is accomplished in weakness. Therefore I will boast more in my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

February 12, 2007 - Monday of Sexagesima

“You shall go out with mirth and be lead out in peace; The mountains and the hills shall burst forth with shouts of joy before you and all trees of the field clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)

February 11, 2007 - Sexagesima

“Now this is the parable: The seed is the Word of God.” (Psalm 44:23, 25-26)

February 10, 2007 - Saturday of Septugesima

“Awake! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. For our soul is bowed down to the dust; arise for our help and redeem us.” (Psalm 44:23, 25-26)

February 9, 2007 - Friday of Septugesima

“Jesus answered and said to him, 'Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.’” (St. John 3:3)

February 8, 2007 - Thursday of Septugesima

“But Jesus did not entrust Himself to them because He knew about men and had no need that anyone should testify concerning men, for He knew what was in man.” (St. John 2:24-25)

February 7, 2007 - Wednesday of Septuagesima

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” (The Apostle’s Creed)

February 6, 2007 - Tuesday of Septuagesima

“But with most of them, God was not well pleased, for they were killed and left unburied in the wilderness.” (1 Corinthians 10:5)

February 5, 2007 - Monday of Septuagesima

“And so he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because strife of the children of Israel and because they tempted the Lord saying, 'Is the Lord among us or not?” (Exodus 17:7)

February 4, 2007 - Septuagesima

“Take what is yours and go away. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.” (St. Matthew 20:14)