Trinity Reflections 2009

Download Reflections for the Season of Trinity for 9/6/09 - 10/17/09.

November 28, 2009 - Saturday in the Last Week of the Church Year

To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. (Psalm 25:1-2, from the Introit for Advent 1)

November 27, 2009 - Friday in the Last Week of the Church Year

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:3-4)

November 26, 2009 - Thursday in the Last Week of the Church Year

And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. (Revelation 22:3)

November 25, 2009 - Wednesday in the Last Week of the Church Year

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (Ephesians 6:1; the Table of Duties: To Children)

November 24, 2009 - Tuesday in the Last Sunday of the Church Year

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)

November 23, 2009 - Monday in the Last Week of the Church Year

For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17)

November 22, 2009 - The Sunday of the Fulfillment

But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.(Matthew 25:4).

November 21, 2009 - Saturday in the 2nd Last Week

The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:10)

November 20, 2009 - Friday in the 2nd Last Week

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. (Daniel 1:17)

November 19, 2009 - Thursday in the 2nd Last Week

So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud. (Jeremiah 38:6)

November 18, 2009 - Wednesday in the 2nd Last Week

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

November 17, 2009 - Tuesday in the 2nd Last Week

But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:13)

November 16, 2009 - Monday in the 2nd Last Week

And to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve Him; His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom is one that shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:14)

November 15, 2009 - 2nd Last Sunday of the Church Year

Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (St. Matthew 25:34)

November 14, 2009 - Saturday in the Third-Last Week of the Church Year

Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your strength. (Psalm 54:1)

November 13, 2009 - Friday in the Third-Last Week of the Church Year

Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me this night,..” (Matthew 26:31a)

November 12, 2009 - Thursday in the Third-Last Week of the Church Year

Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the Lordhas given to you and your fathers forever and ever. (Jeremiah 25:5)

November 11, 2009 - Wednesday in the Third-Last Week of the Church Year

Wives submit to your husbands, as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22)

November 10, 2009 - Tuesday in the Third-Last Week of the Church Year

And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17b-18)

November 9, 2009 - Monday in the Third-Last Week of the Church Year

They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I have commanded them. They have made themselves . . . (Exodus 32:8a)

November 8, 2009 - The Third-Last Sunday of the Church Year

And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:22)

November 7, 2009 - Saturday in the 21st Week after Trinity

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; deliver me from the hand of my enemies. (Psalm 31:9a; 15b)

November 6, 2009 - Friday in the 21st Week after Trinity

Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit; (Jeremiah 9:6a)

November 5, 2009 - Thursday in the 21st Week after Trinity

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

November 4, 2009 - Wednesday in the 21st Week after Trinity

. . . treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, . . . (1 Peter 3:7b)

November 3, 2009 - Tuesday in the 21st Week after Trinity

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. . . . God said, “Let there be . . .” (Genesis 1:1, 3a)

November 2, 2009 - Monday in the 21st Week after Trinity

“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” (John 4:48)

November 1, 2009 - All Saints’ Day

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)

October 31, 2009 - Reformation Day

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed."And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32)

October 30, 2009 - Friday in the 20th Week after Trinity

"And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?'

October 29, 2009 - Thursday in the 20th Week after Trinity

"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6)

October 28, 2009 - St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16)

October 27, 2009 - Tuesday in the 20th Week after Trinity

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:17)

October 26, 2009 - Monday in the 20th Week after Trinity

Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. (Isaiah 55:2)

October 25, 2009 - The 20th Sunday after Trinity

"So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. (Matthew 22:10-11)

October 24 - Saturday in the 19th Week after Trinity

Let Mount Zion rejoice, Let the daughters of Judah be glad, Because of Your judgments. (Psalm 48:11 from the Introit for Trinity 20)

October 23, 2009 - St. James of Jerusalem

"Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? (Matthew 13:55)

October 22, 2009 - Thursday in the 19th Week after Trinity

Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. (Ephesians 4:28).

October 21, 2009 - Wednesday in the 19th Week after Trinity

And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:21 - the Table of Duties: Of Citizens.).

October 20, 2009 - Tuesday in the 19th Week after Trinity

And Jacob was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!" (Genesis 28:17)

October 19, 2009 - Monday in the 19th Week after Trinity

Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you."And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" (Matthew 9:2-3)

October 18, 2009 - St. Luke, Evangelist

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. (Luke 10:1)

October 17, 2009 - Saturday in the 18th Week after Trinity

We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. (Psalm 78:4 from the Introit for Trinity 19)

October 16, 2009 - Friday in the 18th Week after Trinity

At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. (Deuteronomy 15:1)

October 15, 2009 - Thursday in the 18th Week after Trinity

"If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder,and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods' -- which you have not known -- 'and let us serve them,' you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)

October 14, 2009 - Wednesday in the 18th Week after Trinity

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. (Romans 13:1 from the Table of Duties: Of Government)

October 13, 2009 - Tuesday in the 18th Week after Trinity

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours (1 Corinthians 1:2; author's translation)

October 12, 2009 - Monday in the 18th Week after Trinity

" And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)

October 11, 2009 - The 18th Sunday after Trinity

"On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:40)

October 10, 2009 - Saturday in the 17th Week after Trinity

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD." (Psalm 122:1 from the Introit for Trinity 18)

October 9, 2009 - Friday in the 17th Week after Trinity

"Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. (Deuteronomy 8:4)

October 8, 2009 - Thursday in the 17th Week after Trinity

The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; (Deuteronomy 7:7)

October 7, 2009 - Wednesday in the 17th Week after Trinity

Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:14; The Table of Duties: What Hearers Owe Their Pastors)

October 6, 2009 - Tuesday in the 17th Week after Trinity

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)

October 5, 2009 - Monday in the 17th Week after Trinity

Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great; (Proverbs 25:6)

October 4, 2009 - The 17th Sunday after Trinity

"For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 14:11)

October 3, 2009 - The Eve of the 17th Sunday after Trinity

Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are your judgments. Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, and teach me Your statutes. (Psalm 119:137, 124)

October 2, 2009 - Friday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan. (Deuteronomy 3:27)

October 1, 2009 - Thursday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

September 30, 2009 - Wednesday of the 16th Week after Trinity

He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (Titus 1:9)

September 29, 2009 - St. Michael and All Angels

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. (St. Matthew 18:10)

September 28, 2009 - Monday of the 16th Week after Trinity

And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!” (1 Kings 17:18)

September 27, 2009 - The 16th Sunday after Trinity

And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. (St. Luke 7:15)

September 26, 2009 - Saturday in the 15th Week after Trinity

Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I cry to You all day long. For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. (Psalm 86:3,5)

September 25, 2009 - Friday in the 15th Week after Trinity

When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 1:8)

September 24, 2009 - Thursday in the 15th Week after Trinity

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. (Galatians 6:1)

September 23, 2009 - Wednesday in the 15th Week after Trinity

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever…The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. (Psalm 136:1 & 147:11)

September 22, 2009 - Tuesday in the 15th Week after Trinity

And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. (1 Kings 17:15)

September 21, 2009 - St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. (St. Matthew 9:13)

September 20, 2009 - The 15th Sunday after Trinity

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (St. Matthew 6:30)

September 19, 2009 - Saturday in the 14th Week after Trinity

Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications. (Psalm 86:6; from the Introit for Trinity 15)

September 18, 2009 - Friday in the 14th Week after Trinity

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)

September 17, 2009 - Thursday in the 14th Week after Trinity

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:17)

September 16, 2009 - Wednesday in the 14th Week after Trinity

The eyes of all look to You, O Lord, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. (Psalm 145:15-16)

September 15, 2009 - Tuesday in the 14th Week after Trinity

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18)

September 14, 2009 - Holy Cross Day

"Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. (John 12:31)

September 13, 2009 - The 14th Sunday after Trinity

And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well." (Luke 17:19)

September 12, 2009 - Saturday in the 13th Week after Trinity

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:1-2; from the Introit for Trinity 14)

September 11, 2009 - Friday in the 13th Week after Trinity

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. (Philippians 3:7)

September 10, 2009 - Thursday in the 13th Week after Trinity

“Holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Philippians 2:16).

September 9, 2009 - Wednesday in the 13th Week after Trinity

In the evening when you go to bed, make the sign of the holy cross and say: In the Name + of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

September 8, 2009 - Tuesday in the 13th Week after Trinity

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16)

September 7, 2009 - Monday in the 13th Week after Trinity

Then the men who were designated by name rose up and took the captives, and from the spoil they clothed all who were naked among them, dressed them and gave them sandals, gave them food and drink, and anointed them; and they let all the feeble ones ride on donkeys. So they brought them to their brethren at Jericho, the city of palm trees. Then they returned to Samaria. (2 Chronicles 28:15)

September 6, 2009 - The 13th Sunday after Trinity

"So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. (Luke 10:34)

September 5, 2009 - Saturday in the 12th Week after Trinity

O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed -- This Mount Zion where You have dwelt. (Psalm 74:1-2, from the Introit for Trinity 13)

September 4, 2009 - Friday in the 12th Week after Trinity

And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?" Elisha said, "Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me." (2 Kings 2:9)

September 3, 2009 - Thursday in the 12th Week after Trinity

So he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life." (1 Kings 19:12)

September 2, 2009 - Wednesday in the 12th Week after Trinity

In the morning, when you get up, make the sign of the holy cross and say: In the Name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

September 1, 2009 - Tuesday in the 12th Week after Trinity

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:5-6)

August 31, 2009 - Monday in the 12th Week after Trinity

In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. (Isaiah 29:18)

August 30, 2009 - The 12th Sunday after Trinity

Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. (Mark 7:35)

August 29, 2009 - The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her. (Mark 6:17)

August 28, 2009 - Friday in the 11th Week after Trinity

For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David. (1 Kings 11:4)

August 27, 2009 - Thursday in the 11th Week after Trinity

For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (1 Corinthians 15:9)

August 26, 2009 - Wednesday in the 11th Week after Trinity

Who receives this sacrament worthily? Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words "for you" require all hearts to believe.

August 25, 2009 - Tuesday in the 11th Week after Trinity

Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. (Genesis 4:8)

August 24, 2009 - St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. (Luke 22:24)

August 23, 2009 - The 11th Sunday after Trinity

And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' (Luke 18:13)

August 22, 2009 - Saturday in the 10th Week after Trinity

Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. (from the Introit for Trinity 11)

August 21, 2009 - Friday in the 10th Week after Trinity

The king also said to them, "Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon."There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, 'Long live King Solomon!' (1 Kings 1:33-34)

August 20, 2009 - Thursday in the 10th Week after Trinity

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:4)

August 19, 2009 - Wednesday in the 10th Week after Trinity

How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things?

August 18, 2009 - Tuesday in the 10th Week after Trinity

Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)

August 17, 2009 - Monday in the 10th Week after Trinity

For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, Saying, 'Peace, peace!' When there is no peace. (Jeremiah 8:11)

August 16, 2009 - The 10th Sunday after Trinity

"If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. (Luke 19:42).

August 15, 2009 - St. Mary, the Mother of Our Lord

And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord,And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.(Luke 1:46-47).

August 14, 2009 - Friday in the Ninth Week after Trinity

So David said to him, "How was it you were not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?" (2 Samuel 1:14)

August 13, 2009 - Thursday in the Ninth Week after Trinity

Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2)

August 12, 2009 - Wednesday in the Ninth Week after Trinity

What is the benefit of this eating and drinking?

August 11, 2009 - Tuesday in the Ninth Week after Trinity

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

August 10, 2009 - Monday in the Ninth Week after Trinity

God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect. (2 Samuel 22:33)

August 9, 2009 - The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

"So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. (Luke 16:8)

August 8, 2009 - Saturday in the Eighth Week after Trinity

Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your strength.

August 7, 2009 - Friday in the Eighth Week after Trinity

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

August 6, 2009 - Thursday in the Eighth Week after Trinity

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him,preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. (Acts 28:30-31)

August 5, 2009 - Wednesday in the Eighth Week after Trinity

What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.

August 4, 2009 - Tuesday in the Eighth Week after Trinity

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (Romans 8:16).

August 3, 2009 - Monday in the Eighth Week after Trinity

Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:16).

August 2, 2009 - The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

[Jesus said,] "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” (Matthew 7:17)

August 1, 2009 - Saturday in the 7th Week After Trinity

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, In His holy mountain. God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge. (from the Introit for Trinity 8)

July 31, 2009 - Friday in the 7th Week After Trinity

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. (1 Samuel 16:13)

July 30, 2009 - Thursday in the 7th Week After Trinity

But Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel." (1 Samuel 15:26)

July 29, 2009 - Wednesday in the 7th Week After Trinity

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. (Catechism, Office of the Keys)

July 28, 2009 - Tuesday in the 7th Week After Trinity

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

July 27, 2009 - Monday in the 7th Week After Trinity

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (Genesis 2:15)

July 26, 2009 - The 7th Sunday After Trinity

So Jesus commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. (Mark 8:9)

July 25, 2009 - Saturday in the 6th Week After Trinity

For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.

July 24, 2009 - Friday in the 6th Week After Trinity

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,and said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations." (1 Samuel 8:4-5)

July 23, 2009 - Thursday in the 6th Week After Trinity

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. (Catechism, Confession)

July 22, 2009 - St. Mary Magdalene

Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." (John 20:13)

July 21, 2009 - Tuesday in the 6th Week After Trinity

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)

July 20, 2009 - Monday in the 6th Week After Trinity

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (Exodus 20:2)

July 19, 2009 - The 6th Sunday After Trinity

“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19)

July 18, 2009 - Saturday in the 5th Week After Trinity

Hear the voice of my supplications When I cry to You, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary...The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. (from the Introit for Trinity 6)

July 17, 2009 - Friday in the 5th Week After Trinity

So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, "Because I have asked for him from the LORD." (1 Samuel 1:20)

July 16, 2009 - Thursday in the 5th Week After Trinity

Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, "O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!" (Judges 16:28)

July 15, 2009 - Wednesday in the 5th Week After Trinity

What does such baptizing with water indicate? It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever. (Catechism, Baptism Part 4)

July 14, 2009 - Tuesday in the 5th Week After Trinity

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; (1 Peter 3:15)

July 13, 2009 - Monday in the 5th Week After Trinity

So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him (1 Kings 19:19).

July 12, 2009 - The 5th Sunday After Trinity

But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net."And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:5-6)

July 11, 2009 - Saturday in the 4th Week After Trinity

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice. (Psalm 27:7, from the Introit for Trinity 5)

July 10, 2009 - Friday in the 4th Week After Trinity

And the angel of the Lord appeared to [Gideon] and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:12)

July 9, 2009 - Thursday in the 4th Week After Trinity

And they were preaching the gospel there. (Acts 14:7)

July 8, 2009 - Wednesday in the 4th Week After Trinity

“He saved us by the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ, our Savior.” (Titus 3:5-6)

July 7, 2009 - Tuesday in the 4th Week After Trinity

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

July 6, 2009 - Monday in the 4th Week After Trinity

Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. (Genesis 50:19-20)

July 5, 2009 - The 4th Sunday After Trinity

Be merciful just as your Father also is merciful.(St. Luke 6:36)

July 4, 2009 - Saturday in the 3rd Week After Trinity

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1, from the Introit for Trinity 4)

July 3, 2009 - Friday in the 3rd Week After Trinity

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:8)

July 2, 2009 - The Visitation

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior (Luke 1:46-47)

July 1, 2009 - Wednesday in the 3rd Week After Trinity

Baptism works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. (Baptism 2)

June 30, 2009 - Tuesday in the 3rd Week After Trinity

Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. (Micah 7:18)

June 29, 2009 - St. Peter & St. Paul, Apostles

Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (St. Matthew 16:17)

June 28, 2009 - The 3rd Sunday after Trinity

[Jesus said] “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (St. Luke 15:10)

June 27, 2009 - Saturday in the Second Week After Trinity

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed. You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.(From the Introit for Trinity 2)

June 26, 2009 - Friday in the Second Week After Trinity

The Lord said to Joshua…“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”(Joshua 1:1, 9)

June 25, 2009 - Thursday in the Second Week After Trinity

What is Baptism? Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s word. (Part One of the Explanation of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism)

June 24, 2009 - The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God.(Luke 1:76-78)

June 23, 2009 - Tuesday in the Second Week After Trinity

Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers…let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.(1 John 3:13-14 18)

June 22, 2009 - Monday in the Second Week After Trinity

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.(Proverbs 9:10)

June 21, 2009 - Second Sunday After Trinity

A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’(Luke 14:16-17)

June 20, 2009 - Saturday in the First Week After Trinity

The Lord was my support. In the day of my calamity He brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.(Antiphon of the Introit for Trinity 2)

June 19, 2009 - Friday in the First Week After Trinity

So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.(John 18:12-14)

June 18, 2009 - Thursday in the First Week After Trinity

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”(John 18:36)

June 17, 2009 - Wednesday in the First Week After Trinity

I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven and heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us. (Explanation to the Conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer)

June 16, 2009 - Tuesday in the First Week After Trinity

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.(1 John 4:19-21)

June 15, 2009 - Monday in the First Week After Trinity

[God] brought [Abram] outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.(Genesis 15:5-6)

June 14, 2009 - The First Sunday After Trinity

“If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”(Luke 16:31)

June 13, 2009 - Saturday in the Week of Holy Trinity

O Lord, I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.(Introit for Trinity 1)

June 12, 2009 - Friday in the Week of Holy Trinity

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”(John 14:8-9)

June 11, 2009 - St. Barnabas, Apostle

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.(Acts 13:2-3)

June 10, 2009 - Wednesday in the Week of Holy Trinity

We pray…that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul…and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven. (Explanation to the Seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer)

June 9, 2009 - Tuesday in the Week of Holy Trinity

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! ...For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.(Romans 11:33, 36)

June 8, 2009 - Monday in the Week of Holy Trinity

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of His robe filled the temple…And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”(Isaiah 6:1,5)

June 7, 2009 - The Feast of the Holy Trinity

“No one has ascended into heaven except He who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.”(John 3:13-15)

June 6, 2009 - Saturday in the Week of Pentecost

O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, You have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have ordained strength.(Introit for Holy Trinity)

June 5, 2009 - Friday in the Week of Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.(Acts 2:1-4)

June 4, 2009 - Thursday in the Week of Pentecost

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”…And the Lord said…“Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech.” So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth.(Genesis 11:4,7,8)

June 3, 2009 - Wednesday in the Week of Pentecost

God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. (Explanation to the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer)

June 2, 2009 - Tuesday in the Week of Pentecost

Jesus again said to them…“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”(John 10:7, 9-10)

June 1, 2009 - Monday in the Week of Pentecost

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.(John 3:17)

May 31, 2009 - Sunday of Pentecost

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”(John 14:26)