Higher Things Reflections

Thursday of the Second Week in Lent

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 24:1-31; Mark 7:24-37 You shall not murder. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need. (Small Catechism: The Fift…

St. Matthias, Apostle

Today’s Reading: Acts 1:15-26 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 22:1-19; Mark 7:1-23 “And they cast lots for them and the lot fell on Matthias and he was added to the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:26) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Lord Jesus doesn’t stop at…

Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent

Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 21:1-21; Mark 6:35-56 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; (1 Thessalonians 4:3) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Sexual sin i…

Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Today’s Reading: Genesis 32:22-32 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 18:1-15; Mark 6:14-34 And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” (Genesis 32:26) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Have you ever wre…

The Second Sunday in Lent

Today’s Reading: Matthew 15:21-28 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 16:1-9,15-17:22; Mark 6:1-13 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” (Matthew 15:27) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. You may h…

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-21; St. Mark 5:21-43 “Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your covenant faithfulness, for they are from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!” (Psalm 25:6 from…

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 17:40-51 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 13:1-18; Mark 5:1-20 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 s…

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 11:27-12:20; Mark 4:21-41 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) …

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 8:13-9:17; Mark 4:1-20 Honor your father and your mother. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and ch…

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 7:11-8:12; Mark 3:20-35 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (2 Corinthians 6:1) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There’s such…

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Genesis 3:1-21 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 6:1-7:5; Mark 3:1-19 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21). In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When Adam and Eve sinned, they tried to cover…

The First Sunday in Lent

Today’s Reading: Matthew 4:1-11 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 4:1-26; Mark 2:18-28 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. (Matthew 4:3) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. IF you are the …

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 3:1-24; Mark 2:1-17 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. (Psalm 91:15 from the Introit for Lent 1) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Introits for each…

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s Reading: Jonah 3:1-10 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 2:4-25; Mark 1:29-45 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. (Jonah 3:5) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When Jonah…

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 1:20-2:3; Mark 1:14-28 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it. (The Smal…

Ash Wednesday

Today’s Reading: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 1:1-9; Mark 1:1-13 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Welcome to Lent. Lent is that long purple time of the Church …

Tuesday of Quinquagesima

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Daily Lectionary: Job 6:1-13; John 3:1-21 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks …

Monday of Quinquagesima

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Daily Lectionary: Job 5:1-27; John 2:13-25 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at t…

Quinquagesima

Today’s Reading: Luke 18:31-43 Daily Lectionary: Job 4:1-21; John 2:1-12 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accompli…

Saturday of Sexagesima

Daily Lectionary: Job 3:11-26; John 1:35-51 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. (Psalm 31:5 from the Introit for Quinquagesima) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Lent is almost here. By the end of that season, in…

Friday of Sexagesima

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 4:9-13 Daily Lectionary: Job 2:1-3:10; John 1:19-34 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Kids look forward to school breaks, especially summer. Adults look forward…

Thursday of Sexagesima

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:19-12:9 Daily Lectionary: Job 1:1-22; John 1:1-18 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that th…

Wednesday of Sexagesima

Daily Lectionary: Zechariah 14:1-21; Titus 2:7-3:15 You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in…

The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:22-40 Daily Lectionary: Zechariah 12:1-13:9; Titus 1:1-2:6 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. (Luke 2:22) In the Name …

Monday of Sexagesima

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 55:1-13 Daily Lectionary: Zechariah 11:4-17; 2 Timothy 4:1-18 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you–The sure mercies of David. (Isaiah 55:3) In the…
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