Devotional Reflection

Monday, March 23, 2020

The sign of the cross + may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Holy God, holy and most gracious Father,

Have mercy and hear us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.                      (Mt. 6:9-13)

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

I cry to You, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.                                          (Psalm 88:13)

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.                        (Psalm 51:12)

My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.                                       (Psalm 71:8)

Everyday I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.                                             (Psalm 145:2)

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.                                                                                                      (Psalm 65:5)

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!                               (Psalm 103:1)

He redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.           (Ps 103:4)

Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you.                                                                          (Psalm 102:1)

Morning Prayer from the Small Catechism

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that you would keep me this day from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you. For into your hands I commend myself, my bod and soul, and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. 5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7 Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people!

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



Walled Vineyard*


Mark 12:1-12

And Jesus began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 2 When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully.5 And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. 6 He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11 this was the Lord's doing,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.

The Gospel of our Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Meditation for today: Consider God’s Long-suffering with mankind!

  1. Mark 12:1-12 The Parable of the Tenants
  2. 12:1 Jesus speaks to them? Who is “them”?
  3. The previous chapter (11:27-33) ends with opponents Jesus confronting him and questioning his authority. The end of this parable immediately speaks of the audience being the same or similar opponents: “and they were seeking to arrest him…”
  4. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly _____ at the fact that Jesus is speaking to those who _____ him.
  5. I pray we marvel at God’s _____ -_____ with mankind! Look how much he loves us, all of us!
  6. Can we take time this day and week to thank God for his long-suffering and loving-_____ toward us?