Transfiguration & Pre-Lent Reflections 2017

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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)

Saturday of Septuagesima

For our soul is bowed down to the dust...Arise for our help, And redeem us for Your mercies' sake. (Psalm 44:25-26 from the Introit for Sexagesima)

Friday of Septuagesima

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. (John 6:15)

Thursday of Septuagesima

"For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?" (John 5:46-47)

Wednesday of Septuagesima

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. What does this mean? ...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. (The Small Catechism: The Creed, First Article, Part 2)

Tuesday of Septuagesima

But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. (1 Corinthians 10:5)

Monday of Septuagesima

Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, "Give us water, that we may drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the LORD?" (Exodus 17:2)

Septuagesima

'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.' (Matthew 20:12)

Saturday of the Week of the Transfiguration

It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. (Psalm 18:32 from the Introit for Septuagesima)

Friday of the Week of the Transfiguration

For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6:14)

Thursday of the Week of the 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 the Transfiguration

I believe that God has made me and all creatures (The Small Catechism, The Apostles' Creed, First Article, Part 1)

Tuesday of the Week of the Transfiguration

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; (2 Peter 1:19)

Monday of the Week of the Transfiguration

So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. (Exodus 34:30)

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)