Book of Isaiah
The desert and the parched land will exult; the
steppe will rejoice and bloom.
They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice
with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
They will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.
Strengthen the hands
that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak,
Say to those whose hearts are
frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; With divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the
deaf be cleared;
Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb
will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe.
burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water; The abode where jackals
lurk will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus.
A highway will be there, called the
holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, nor fools go astray on it.
No lion will
be there, nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it. It is for those with a journey to make, and on
it the redeemed will walk.
Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return and enter
Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; They will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and
mourning will flee.
I will listen for the word of
God; surely the LORD will proclaim peace To his people, to the faithful, to those who trust in
I will listen for the word of God; surely the LORD will proclaim peace To his people,
to the faithful, to those who trust in him.
Near indeed is salvation for the loyal;
prosperity will fill our land.
Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will
Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from
The LORD will surely grant abundance; our land will yield its
Prosperity will march before the Lord, and good fortune will follow
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke
One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and
teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and
Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a
stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set (him) in his
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up
on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of
When he saw their faith, he said, "As for you, your sins are
Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, "Who is this who speaks
blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?"
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to
them in reply, "What are you thinking in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, 'Your
sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?
But that you may know that the Son
of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins''--he said to the man who was paralyzed, "I say to
you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home."
He stood up immediately before them,
picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God.
astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, "We have seen
incredible things today."