Book of Isaiah 49:8-15.
Thus says the LORD: In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you; and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people, to restore the land and allot the desolate heritages, saying to the prisoners: Come out! To those in darkness: Show yourselves!
Along the ways they
shall find pasture, on every bare height shall their pastures be. They shall not hunger or thirst,
nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them; For he who pities them leads them and guides
them beside springs of water. I will cut a road through all my mountains, and make my highways
See, some shall come from afar, others from the north and the west, and some from the land of Syene. Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth, break forth into song, you mountains. For the LORD comforts his people and shows mercy to his afflicted. But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me." Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in love.
The LORD is good to all,
compassionate to every creature.
Your reign is a reign for all ages,
your dominion for all generations.
The LORD is trustworthy in every word,
and faithful in every work.
and raises up all who are bowed down.
You, LORD, are just in all your ways,
faithful in all your works.
You, LORD, are near to all who call upon you,
to all who call upon you in truth.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:17-30.
Jesus answered the Jews: "My Father is at work until now, so I am at work." For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.
Jesus answered and said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also. For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.
For just as
the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. Nor
does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to his Son, so that all may honor the
Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to
condemnation, but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is
now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life
in himself, so also he gave to his Son the possession of life in himself. And he gave him power to
exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who
are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the
resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.
I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me".
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