Trinity Reflections 2012

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December 1, 2012 - Saturday of the Last Week

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul, O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame. (Psalm 25:4 from the Introit for Advent 1)

November 30, 2012 - St. Andrew, Apostle

One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means the Christ). (John 1:40-41)

November 29, 2012 - Thursday of the Last Week

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)

November 28, 2012 - Wednesday of the Last Week

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Romans 13:9 from the Table of Duties: To Everyone)

November 27, 2012 - Tuesday of the Last Week

But since we belong to the Day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)

November 26, 2012 - Monday of the Last Week

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

November 25, 2012 - The Last Sunday of the Church Year

Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. (Matthew 25:1-2)

November 24, 2012 - Saturday of the Second-Last Week

The ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. They shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Introit for the Last Sunday of the Church Year)

November 23, 2012 - Friday of the Second-Last Week

Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)

November 22, 2012 - Thursday of the Second-Last Week

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” (Revelation 19:9)

November 21, 2012 - Wednesday of the Second-Last Week

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you. (1 Peter 5:6)

November 20, 2012 - Tuesday of the Second-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 19, 2012 - Monday of the Second-Last Week

I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. (Daniel 7:13)

November 18, 2012 - The Second-Last Sunday in the Church Year

And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. (Matthew 25:46)

November 17, 2012 - Saturday of the Third-Last Week

O God, save me, by your Name, and vindicate me by your might. (Introit for Trinity 26)

November 16, 2012 - Friday of the Third-Last Week

The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, “Look, here it is!” or “There!’” for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you. (Luke 17:21)

November 15, 2012 - Thursday of the Third-Last Week

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? There is not one. (Job 14:4)

November 14, 2012 - Wednesday of the Third-Last Week

Masters, do the same to [your servants], and stop threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. (Ephesians 6:9)

November 13, 2012 - Tuesday of the Third-Last Week

...that you may not grieve as others who have no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

November 12, 2012 - Monday of the Third-Last Week

And the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people. (Exodus 32:14)

November 11, 2012 - The Third-Last Sunday in the Church Year

Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. (Matthew 24:28)

November 10, 2012 - Saturday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from them that persecute me. (Introit for Trinity 25)

November 9, 2012 - Friday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

For if you will indeed obey this word, then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people. But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation. (Jeremiah 22:4-5)

November 8, 2012 - Thursday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers. (Jeremiah 20:13)

November 7, 2012 - Wednesday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart (Ephesians 6:5)

November 6, 2012 - Tuesday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

November 5, 2012 - Monday of the 22nd Week after Trinity

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

November 4, 2012 - The 22nd Sunday after Trinity

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” (Matthew 18:21)

November 3, 2012 - Saturday of the 21st Week after Trinity

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared (Psalm 130:2-4 from the Introit for Trinity 22)

November 2, 2012 - Friday of the 21st Week after Trinity

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.   Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good... (Genesis 1:1-4a)

November 1, 2012 - All Saints Day

Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are...” (Matthew 5:2-3a)

October 31, 2012 - 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, 2012 - Tuesday of the 21st Week after Trinity

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.   “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:   “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” (Table of Duties, Children: Ephesians 6:1-3)

October 29, 2012 - Monday of the 21st Week after Trinity

  Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. (John 4:50)

October 28, 2012 - St. Simon and St. Jude

  They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. (Matthew 19:7-8)

October 27, 2012 - Saturday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”   Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22)

October 26, 2012 - Friday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. (Matthew 18:15)

October 25, 2012 - Thursday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”   And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. (Matthew 17:17-18)

October 24, 2012 - Wednesday of the 20th Week after Trinity

  And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (Tables of Duties, Parents: Ephesians 6:4)

October 23, 2012 - St. James of Jerusalem

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

October 22, 2012 - Monday of the 20th Week after Trinity

A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed. (Matthew 16:4)

October 21, 2012 - The 20th Sunday after Trinity

Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 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. (Matthew 22:8-10)

October 20, 2012 - Saturday of the 19th Week after Trinity

Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? (Matthew 15:1-3)

October 19, 2012 - Friday of the 19th Week after Trinity

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29-30 )

October 18, 2012 - St. Luke, Evangelist

Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’  (Luke 10:8-9)

October 17, 2012 - Wednesday of the 19th Week after Trinity

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (The Table of Duties, Wives: Ephesians 5:22)

October 16, 2012 - Tuesday of the 19th Week after Trinity

Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another . (Ephesians 4:25)

October 15, 2012 - Monday of the 19th Week after Trinity

Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12)

October 14, 2012 - The 19th Sunday after Trinity

And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?   For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Aris e and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”   And he arose and departed to his house. (Matthew 9:3-7)

October 13, 2012 - Saturday of the 18th Week after Trinity

Say to my soul, “I am your salvation. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears. He delivers them out of all their troubles. For this is God, our God forever and ever (Psalm 35:3b; 34:17; 48:14a from the Introit for Trinity 19)

October 12, 2012 - Friday of the 18th Week after Trinity

Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”   Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him. (Matthew 12:11-14)

October 11, 2012 - Thursday of the 18th Week after Trinity

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28)

October 10, 2012 - Wednesday of the 18th Week after Trinity

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them (The Table of Duties, Husbands: Colossians 3:19)

October 9, 2012 - Tuesday of the 18th 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)

October 8, 2012 - Monday of the 18th Week after Trinity

He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen. (Deuteronomy 10:21)

October 7, 2012 - The 18th Sunday after Trinity

He said to them,  “ How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:   ‘The  LORD  said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand,

October 6, 2012 - Saturday of the 17th Week after Trinity

"Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!” (Deuteronomy 5:29)

October 5, 2012 - Friday of the 17 th Week after Trinity

"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” (Deuteronomy 5:6)

October 4, 2012 - Thursday of the 17th Week after Trinity

For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24)

October 3, 2012 - Wednesday of the 17th Week after Trinity

Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (Table of Duties: To Citizens: Romans 13:5)

October 2, 2012 - Tuesday of the 17th Week after Trinity

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. (Ephesians 4:1)

October 1, 2012 - Monday of the 17th Week after Trinity

Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is wise reprover to a listening ear. (Proverbs 25:12)

September 30, 2012 - Sunday of The 17th Sunday after Trinity

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

September 29, 2012 - St. Michael and All Angels

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)

September 28, 2012 - Friday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)

September 27, 2012 - Thursday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him. (Malachi 3:18)

September 26, 2012 - Wednesday of the 16th 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.” (The Table of Duties, Of Citizens: Matthew 22:21

September 25, 2012 - Tuesday of the 16 th Week after Trinity

So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. (Ephesians 3:13)

September 24, 2012 - Monday of the 16 th Week after Trinity

"You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!" (1 Kings 17:18)

September 23, 2012 - The 16th Sunday after Trinity

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

September 22, 2012 - Saturday of the 15 th Week after Trinity

They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. (Nehemiah 8:8)

September 21, 2012 - St. Matthew

[Jesus] said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. (Matthew 9:12b)"

September 20, 2012 - Thursday of the 15 th Week after Trinity

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. (1 Timothy 3:1)

September 19, 2012 - Wednesday of the 15 th Week after Trinity

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Table of Duties, Of Civil Government: Romans 13:1 )

September 18, 2012 - Tuesday of the 15 th Week after Trinity

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

September 17, 2012 - Monday of the 15 th Week after Trinity

"I go in and prepare [bread] for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die." (1 Kings 17:12 )

September 16, 2012 - The 15 th Sunday after Trinity

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)

September 15, 2012 - Saturday of the 14 th Week after Trinity

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you — you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. (Psalm 86:1-3)

September 14, 2012 - Holy Cross Day

Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."   He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. (John 12:31-33)

September 13, 2012 - Thursday of the 14 th Week after Trinity

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15-16)

September 12, 2012 - Wednesday of the 14 th Week after Trinity

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. (The Table of Duties, What Hearers Owe Their Pastors: Hebrews 13:17 )

September 11, 2012 - Tuesday of the 14 th Week after Trinity

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)

September 10, 2012 - Monday of the 14 th Week after Trinity

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

September 9, 2012 - The 14 th Sunday after Trinity

Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well." (Luke17:17-19)

September 8, 2012 - Saturday of the 13 th Week after Trinity

Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Introit for Trinity 14)

September 7, 2012 - Friday of the 13 th Week after Trinity

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:1-24)

September 6, 2012 - Thursday of the 13 th Week after Trinity

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,   that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:25-27)

September 5, 2012 - Wednesday of the 13 th Week after Trinity

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. (Table of Duties, What Hearers Owe Their Pastors: 1 Timothy 5:17)

September 4, 2012 - Tuesday of the 13 th Week after Trinity

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.   But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:21-22)

September 3, 2012 - Monday of the 13 th Week after Trinity

And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves. But aren' t you also guilty of sins against the Lord your God? Now listen to me! Send back your fellow Israelites you have taken as prisoners, for the Lord' s fierce anger rests on you." (2 Chronicles 28:10-11)

September 2, 2012 - The 13 th Sunday after Trinity

“ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise." (Luke 10:36-37)

September 1, 2012 - Saturday of the 12 th Week after Trinity

O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture? (Psalm 74:1 from the Introit for Trinity 13)

August 31, 2012 - Friday of the 12 th Week after Trinity

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

August 30, 2012 - Thursday of the 12 th Week after Trinity

Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Table of Duties, What Hearers Owe Their Pastors : Galatians 6:6-7)

August 29, 2012 - The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. (Mark 6:20)

August 28, 2012 - Tuesday of the 12 th Week after Trinity

For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. (2 Corinthians 3:9)

August 27, 2012 - Monday of the 12 th 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 26, 2012 - The 12 th Sunday after Trinity

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

August 25, 2012 - Saturday of the 11 th Week after Trinity

But I am poor and needy; Make haste to me, O God! (Psalm 70:5 from the Introit for Trinity 12)

August 24, 2012 - 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, 2012 - Thursday of the 11 th Week after Trinity

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1)

August 22, 2012 - Wednesday of the 11 th Week after Trinity

[A bishop must be...] holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. (Table of Duties, To Bishops, Pastors and Preachers: Titus 1:9)

August 21, 2012 - Tuesday of the 11 th Week of 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 20, 2012 - Monday of the 11 th Week after Trinity

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have acquired a man, the LORD." (Genesis 4:1, author's translation)

August 19, 2012 - The 11 th 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 18, 2012 - Saturday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. (Psalm 68:1 from the Introit for Trinity 11)

August 17, 2012 - Friday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

"Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered to do all these abominations'?” (Jeremiah 7:9-10)

August 16, 2012 - Thursday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (Table of Duties: To Bishops, Pastors and Preachers: 1 Timothy 3:2-4)

August 15, 2012 - 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, 2012 - Tuesday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

August 13, 2012 - Monday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

" How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood. (Jeremiah 8:8)

August 12, 2012 - The Tenth Week after Trinity

Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it. (Luke 19:41)

August 11, 2012 - Saturday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you. (Psalm 55:22 from the Introit for Trinity 10)

August 10, 2012 - Friday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. (1 Corinthians 4:1)

August 9, 2012 - Thursday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

Then Nabal answered David's servants, and said, "Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master. (1 Samuel 25:10)

August 8, 2012 - Wednesday of the Ninth 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.(Small Catechism, Sacrament of the Altar)

August 7, 2012 - Tuesday of 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 6, 2012 - Monday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. (2 Samuel 22:27)

August 5, 2012 - The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Luke 16:13)

August 4, 2012 - Saturday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

He will repay my enemies for their evil. Cut them off in Your truth. (Psalm 54:5 from the Introit for Trinity 9)

August 3, 2012 - Friday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. (1 Samuel 17:51)

August 2, 2012 - Thursday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

"Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. (Acts 20:30)

August 1, 2012 - Wednesday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things? Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: "forgiveness of sins." (The Small Catechism, The Sacrament of the Altar)

July 31, 2012 - Tuesday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)

July 30, 2012 - Monday of 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)

July 29, 2012 - The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' (Matthew 7:23)

July 28, 2012 - Saturday of the Seventh Week after Trinity

We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple. (Psalm 48:9 from the Introit for Trinity 9)

July 27, 2012 - Friday of the Seventh 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 26, 2012 - Thursday of the Seventh Week after Trinity

What is the benefit of this eating and drinking? These words, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins," shows us that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. (The Small Catechism, The Sacrament of the Altar)

July 25, 2012 - St. James the Elder

Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. (Acts 12:1-2)

July 24, 2012 - Tuesday of the Seventh Week after Trinity

… but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Genesis 2:17)

July 23, 2012 - Monday of the Seventh Week after Trinity

I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. (Mark 8:2)

July 22, 2012 - St. Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. (John 20:18)

July 21, 2012 - Saturday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. (Psalm 47:2 from the Introit for Trinity 7)

July 20, 2012 - Friday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, 'Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (1 Samuel 3:9)

July 19, 2012 - Thursday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever. (1 Samuel 2:35)

July 18, 2012 - Wednesday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

"Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in

July 17, 2012 - Tuesday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? (Romans 6:1)

July 16, 2012 - Monday of the Sixth 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 15, 2012 - The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

"But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matthew 5:22)

July 14, 2012 - Saturday of the Fifth Week after Trinity

To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: Do not be silent to me (Psalm 28:1 from the Introit for Trinity 6)

July 13, 2012 - Friday of the Fifth Week after Trinity

But his wife said to him, "If the LORD had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all these things, nor would He have told us such things as these at this time." (Judges 13:23)

July 12, 2012 - Thursday of the Fifth 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)

July 11, 2012 - Wednesday of the Fifth 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. (Small Catechism, The Sacrament of the Altar)

July 10, 2012 - Tuesday of the Fifth 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 9, 2012 - Monday of the Fifth Week after Trinity

"Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him." (1 Kings 19:18)

July 8, 2012 - The Fifth 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." (Luke 5:5)

July 7, 2012 - Saturday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. (Psalm 27:9 from the Introit for Trinity 5)

July 6, 2012 - Friday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

July 5, 2012 - Thursday of the Fourth 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 4, 2012 - Wednesday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

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, Office of the Keys)

July 3, 2012 - Tuesday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

"Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:21)

July 2, 2012 - The Visitation

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

July 1, 2012 - The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

"And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? (Luke 6:41)

June 30, 2012 - Saturday of the Third 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)

June 29, 2012 - St. Peter and St. Paul

"Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (Acts 15:10)

June 28, 2012 - Thursday of the Third Week after Trinity

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

June 27, 2012 - Wednesday of the Third 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.

June 26, 2012 - Tuesday of the Third 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 25, 2012 - Monday of the Third Week after Trinity

"Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (Luke 15:10)

June 24, 2012 - The Nativity of John the Baptist

"And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sin (Luke 1:76-77)

June 23, 2012 - Saturday of the Second Week after Trinity

O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; (Psalm 25:2 from the Introit for Trinity 3)

June 22, 2012 - Friday of the Second Week after Trinity

But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. (John 19:34)

June 21, 2012 - Thursday of the Second Week after Trinity

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

June 20, 2012 - Wednesday of the Second Week after Trinity

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)

June 19, 2012 - Tuesday of the Second Week after Trinity

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16)

June 18, 2012 - Monday of the Second Week after Trinity

Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding. (Proverbs 9:6)

June 17, 2012 - The Second Sunday after Trinity

Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many (Luke 14:16)

June 16, 2012 - Saturday of the First Week after Trinity

Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name. (Psalm 18:49 from the Introit for Trinity 2)

June 15, 2012 - Friday of the First Week after Trinity

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)

June 14, 2012 - Thursday of the First Week after Trinity

And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. (1 John 4:21)

June 13, 2012 - Wednesday of the First 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. (Confession and Absolution)

June 12, 2012 - Tuesday of the First Week after Trinity

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." (Genesis 15:1)

June 11, 2012 - St. Barnabas

Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. (Acts 11:22)

June 10, 2012 - The First Sunday after Trinity

"But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' "(Luke 16:31)

June 9, 2012 - Saturday of the Week of Trinity

Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death; (Psalm 13:3 from the Introit for Trinity 1)

June 8, 2012 - Friday of the Week of Trinity

For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; (Proverbs 5:3)

June 7, 2012 - Thursday of the Week of Trinity

Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. (Proverbs 4:14)

June 6, 2012 - Wednesday of the Week of Trinity

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. What does this mean? This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven, and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us. Amen, amen, means, "yes, yes, it shall be so."

June 5, 2012 - Tuesday of the Week of Trinity

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

June 4, 2012 - Monday of the Week of Trinity

And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" (Isaiah 6:3)

June 3, 2012 - Holy Trinity

"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:17)

June 2, 2012 - Saturday of the Week of Pentecost

O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! (Psalm 8:1 from the Introit for Holy Trinity)

June 1, 2012 - Friday of the Week of Pentecost

And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. (Joel 2:32)

May 31, 2012 - Thursday of the Week of Pentecost

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. (John 10:4)

May 30, 2012 - Wednesday of the Week of Pentecost

But deliver us from evil. What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven. (Lord's Prayer, Seventh Petition)

May 29, 2012 - Tuesday of the Week of Pentecost

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. (Acts 2:14)

May 28, 2012 - Monday of the Week of Pentecost

And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." (Genesis 11:4)

May 27, 2012 - 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 things that I said to you. (John 14:26)